What is an Adjudicatory Hearing?

An adjudicatory hearing is the juvenile court equivalent of a criminal trial.

The term adjudicatory hearing may have been thrown around by your lawyer or during the process of a legal dispute. The legal system is riddled with language that may sound unfamiliar or foreign to the average person. Once you better understand the language utilized, the legal system is not nearly as daunting.

Adjudicatory Hearings Explained

Adjudicatory means having to do with the court system or decided through the justice system. It can refer to trial or other court proceedings that are part of the legal process. An adjudicatory hearing is a legal process for resolving some legal dispute. A hearing may be held by a court for a number of reasons to decide on a specific legal matter or several matters within a particular case. Disputes that are adjudicated can be between private parties, between private parties and public officials or between public officials. Private parties may include entities such as businesses and corporations.

There is always a notice requirement for adjudication between parties of any kind. The notice requirement will be different in each jurisdiction.

A hearing generally involves the magistrate or judge carefully considering an issue in a case based on the testimony of the parties and other evidence as well as the law. After presentation of evidence, the judge will make an informed decision regarding the legal matter and the case can move forward to the next stage.

It is important to have competent legal assistance when you are faced with an adjudicatory hearing of any kind. The legal system is complicated and requires understanding of process and the law. There will be required responses and notices as well as other procedural requirements involved at each turn of a legal matter. Because an attorney will be experienced in local procedure and the law, the best method for handling legal matters is to hire a professional.

Getting Legal Advice

An attorney who deals with cases like the one in which you are involved can assist you with further explanation of what you can expect in your adjudicatory hearing. An attorney can prepare you so that you know how to handle the court proceedings and are not surprised when you face the judge. If you are facing criminal charges, you have the right to have an attorney in most cases. It is wise to get an attorney before your case progresses to ensure your rights are protected and evidence is properly preserved. 

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