Running head: JUVENILE COURTS
Forensic Evaluation and Juvenile Courts
Forensic Evaluations in The Juvenile Court
The juvenile court, like the adult court, may require a forensic evaluation to be done
on a child to determine several factors that may affect the case. Among the reasons for a
forensic evaluation in a juvenile court are to help the court make a ruling on the case, to
determine the treatment needs of a child involved in court case and the competency of the
juvenile to testify or stand trial in a juvenile court. Depending on the reason for the
evaluation, the types of evaluations vary. In juvenile forensic evaluation, the psychiatrist need
to have experience with child psychiatry. He must understand normal child development and
behaviour, having such understanding enhances the accuracy of the information the
psychiatrist provides to the court such as the risk factors of a child to reoffend. Unlike adults,
children can easily be rehabilitated and it is the role of the evaluator to determine whether the
child should be rehabilitated or they should remain under juvenile custody and whether they
should be tried as juvenile or adults.
The types of juvenile evaluation include emotional injury, fitness to stand trial,...