Youth Offense and Assessment – the Juvenile Justice Process in Florida

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A circuit court judge in the Jacksonville, Florida, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Michael Kalil, worked in the Law Offices of John S. Kalil as an attorney before becoming a judge. In his current position, Michael Kalil presides over the Delinquency Court, which involves juveniles accused of committing a crime.

In Florida, juvenile justice is supported by the Office of Court Improvement Delinquency Division, which is responsible for training judges and court staff members, enhancing court services, and helping minors and their families understand more about the juvenile justice process. The process starts the moment a minor is taken into custody after being charged with a violation of the law.

The young person may be released to a probation office or alternative diversion program, given a civil citation for a first-time misdemeanor, or taken to a Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). At the JAC, the young person is further evaluated by a juvenile probation officer who gathers information about the minor’s family, the violation, and other relevant factors. The probation officer may choose to place the young person in a secure setting, a nonsecure setting, or home detention, depending on the criteria and gathered information.

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