N.C. House advances bill to keep youngest kids out of court
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina state lawmakers have advanced a bill that would prevent 6- to 9-year-olds from having to appear before a judge for juvenile justice proceedings if they’re in trouble with the law.
Advocates says young kids shouldn’t be subject to what they describe as a potentially traumatizing process.
The bipartisan proposal approved by a committee Wednesday would have younger kids pivot from court proceedings to a child consultation process.
Families that don’t ensure their children receive needed treatment and services would be referred to their local social services department.
A similar Senate proposal unanimously passed that chamber last week.
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