National Estimates of Petitioned Status Offense Cases (Continued)
Judicial Decision and Disposition
In 1995, 50% of petitioned status offense cases handled by juvenile courts resulted in formal adjudication (figure 14).3 Ungovernability, truancy, and liquor law violation cases carried virtually the same likelihood of adjudication (figure 15). Proportionately fewer runaway cases were adjudicated. The proportion of petitioned status offense cases resulting in adjudication declined from 67% to 50% between 1986 and 1995 (table 55). There was some variation across status offense categories in the decline in the proportion of petitioned cases resulting in adjudication.
3 The remaining flow diagrams in this chapter present only proportions and not estimates of case counts because of the relatively low volumes of cases in many of the branches.
Juvenile Court Statistics 1995, May 1998