Commonwealth v. C.J., a Child; 156 SW3d 296 (Ky., 2005)

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Commonwealth v. C.J., a Child; 156 SW3d 296 (Ky., 2005)
There is no right of appeal from a Juvenile Court ruling that
a case is to be resolved by informal adjustment.

District Court ruled that a charge against a juvenile with unlawful possession of a weapon on school property should be resolved by informal adjustment. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that an appeal from an informal adjustment in Juvenile Court was not permitted. An informal adjustment is neither adjudication nor disposition and is not a final or appealable order. It is simply a conditional agreement to hold the matter in abeyance while conditions are pending. If the juvenile satisfies the conditions, agreed to by the parties and approved by the court, then no further action is taken on the petition. If the Commonwealth desires a review, an original proceeding in Circuit Court in the nature of a writ of mandamus or prohibition.

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