Definitions for "Disposition Hearing"
The hearing at which the juvenile court judge decides the appropriate sanctions and necessary follow-up programming for an "adjudicated delinquent". Similar to a sentencing hearing in adult court.
Hearing held subsequent to the adjudicatory hearing in which the judge determines what order of disposition should be made concerning a juvenile adjudicated as delinquent. A disposition may be probation, a warning or reprimand, some form of community service, a fine, or "home detention," in which the juvenile continues to live at home but receives rigorous daily counseling. A more stringent disposition may include training school or group home placement.
Following an investigation of abuse and neglect and after the case has been adjudicated, the Court holds a Disposition Hearing. This hearing determines the placement and service needs for the child and family.