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Juvenile Court Division
About the Lehigh County Juvenile Court Division
Under the supervision Juvenile (Delinquency) Administrative Judge, three of the judges in the Criminal/Juvenile Division are assigned to hear juvenile delinquency cases. The juvenile masters also hear a significant number of juvenile delinquency cases

Juvenile delinquency cases come before the masters and judges as a result of the district Attorney's Office having filed a petition. Cases are referred to the Intake Unit within the Juvenile Probation Department. If the juvenile has been detained in the juvenile detention facility a detention hearing must be held within 72 hours. At the detention hearing the master determines whether the juvenile can be released to his/her parents or detained until the adjudication hearing. If the juvenile is adjudicated delinquent at the adjudication hearing, the case will normally be scheduled for a disposition hearing where it will be determined what type of disposition is appropriate. The Juvenile Probation Department is responsible for the juvenile until the juvenile is released from supervision.

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