Yes, juveniles can be tried as adults on serious criminal cases in Minnesota. There are two different ways this can be done: Certification or Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (“EJJ”). In both situations, the prosecutor must file a motion asking for certification or EJJ. The court will then order studies to be completed to give a background…

A primary difference between juvenile and adult court in Minnesota is juvenile court enjoys a certain level of confidentiality. In adult court, hearings and trials are open to the public. A “public trial” is a right afforded by the Sixth Amendment. In juvenile court in Minnesota, the only people allowed in a court hearing, are…

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