The juvenile justice system is a large and complex system. It has varying processes and components depending on the state. Within these states, the procedures of processing juvenile cases vary from community to community depending on the community??™s practices and traditions. Therefore, a description of the juvenile justice processing must be general and outline a series of decision points. Figure 1: The General Juvenile Justice Process The juvenile system differs from the criminal system justice system for adults. The terms used in the juvenile court system are also different. The differences are a reflection of the fact the goals of the juvenile system are different from those of the adult justice system (Feierman, Keller, Glickman, & Stanton, 2011).