In Black, the court referred to the Criminal Justice Act, enacted four years after Shioutakon, in which Congress provided for the assistance of counsel "in proceedings before the juvenile court of the District of Columbia." . His interrogation proceeded from about 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. the same evening.1, Some time after 10 p.m. petitioner was taken to the Receiving Home for Children. 17. We do not deem it appropriate merely to vacate the judgment and remand to the Court of Appeals for reconsideration of its present decision in light of its subsequent decisions in Watkins and Black, supra. (Emphasis supplied. . It characterized counsel's proper function as being merely that of bringing forward affirmative information which might help the court. The Juvenile Court judge did not rule on these motions. The sophistication and maturity of the juvenile as determined by consideration of his home, environmental situation, emotional attitude and pattern of living. Presumably, prior to entry of his order, the Juvenile Court judge received and considered recommendations of the Juvenile Court staff, the Social Service file relating to petitioner, and a report dated September 8, 1961 (three days following petitioner's apprehension), submitted to him by the Juvenile Probation Section. Morris A. Kent, Jr. Respondent. Extensive evidence, including expert testimony, was presented to support this defense. 111 U.S.App.D.C. 393, 355 F.2d 104. The authority of Wilhite, however, is substantially undermined by other, more recent, decisions of the Court of Appeals. [n21] For example, it has been held that he is not entitled to bail; to indictment by grand jury; to a speedy and public trial; to trial by jury; to immunity against self-incrimination; to confrontation of his accusers; and, in some jurisdictions (but not in the District of Columbia, see Shioutakon v. District of Columbia, 98 U.S.App.D.C. Correspondingly, we conclude that an opportunity for a hearing, which may be informal, must be given the child prior to entry of a waiver order. As the Court of Appeals has said. But the statement should be sufficient to demonstrate that the statutory requirement of 'full investigation' has been met; and that the question has received the careful consideration of the Juvenile Court; and it must set forth the basis for the order with sufficient specificity to permit meaningful review. In view of the unavailability of a redetermination of the waiver question by the Juvenile Court, it is urged by petitioner that the conviction should be vacated and the indictment dismissed. The Court of Appeals in this case relied upon Wilhite v. United States, 108 U.S.App.D.C. The September 8 report spoke of 'a rapid deterioration of (petitioner's) personality structure and the possibility of mental illness.' . Petitioner's counsel, in support of his motion to the effect that the Juvenile Court should retain jurisdiction of petitioner, offered to prove that if petitioner were given adequate treatment in a hospital under the aegis of the Juvenile Court, he would be a suitable subject for rehabilitation. The objectives are to provide measures of guidance and rehabilitation for the child and protection for society, not to fix criminal responsibility, guilt and punishment. Kent argues that a different conclusion is required by either United States v. Thompson/Center Arms, 504 U.S. 505, 112 S.Ct. 541 Opinion of the Court. See Handler, The Juvenile Court and the Adversary System: Problems of Function and Form, 1965 Wis.L.Rev. This case involves the construction of a statute applicable only to the District of Columbia. At the time of these events, there was in effect Policy Memorandum No. Black v. United States, supra. In Kent v. United States, the Supreme Court ruled on the due process rights of juvenile offenders. 122 U.S.App.D.C., at 395, 355 F.2d, at 106. The jury found as to the counts alleging rape that petitioner was "not guilty by reason of insanity." Meanwhile, on September 25, 1961, shortly after the Juvenile Court order waiving its jurisdiction, petitioner was indicted by a grand jury of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Myron G. Ehrlich and Richard Arens, Washington, D.C., for petitioner. Mr. Justice FORTAS delivered the opinion of the Court. 174, 295 F.2d 161 (1961). This did not cure the error of the Juvenile Court. Pp. [n13]. United States (1966), reflects on the meaning of the decision and its impact on Morris Kent's life. Cf. The maximum punishment for housebreaking is 15 years, D.C.Code § 22 1801 (1961); for robbery it is also 15 years, D.C.Code § 22—2901 (1961). We disagree. The first mention of District of Columbia resident Morris A. Kent, Jr., in that city's juvenile court records came in 1959. In the Court of Appeals' view, the exclusive method of reviewing the Juvenile Court's waiver order was a motion to dismiss the indictment in the District Court. Cf. 76 Stat. It does not confer upon the Juvenile Court a license for arbitrary procedure. On November 16, 1961, petitioner moved the District Court to dismiss the indictment on the grounds that the waiver was invalid. 528. 18. . . The court observed that. 3 of the House Committee on the District of Columbia, 87th Cong., 1st Sess. It should not be remitted to assumptions. We indicate no view as to the legality of these practices. 47, 50, 274 F.2d 556, 559 (1959). We hold that it is, indeed, a "critically important" proceeding. 174, 295 F.2d 161 (1961). 2. Petitioner also urges that the District Court erred in the following respects: (1) It gave the jury a version of the "Allen" charge. He thereafter filed with the Juvenile Court a motion for a hearing on the question of waiver of Juvenile Court jurisdiction, together with an affidavit of a psychiatrist certifying that petitioner 'is a victim of servere psychopathology' and recommending hospitalization for psychiatric observation. The Juvenile Court judge did not rule on these motions. Meanwhile, on September 25, 1961, shortly after the Juvenile Court order waiving its jurisdiction, petitioner was indicted by a grand jury of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 1. IV, 1965). The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has so held. This case is here on certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. It states the circumstances in which jurisdiction may be waived and the child held for trial under adult procedures, but it does not state standards to govern the Juvenile Court's decision as to waiver. [n12], These contentions raise problems of substantial concern as to the construction of and compliance with the Juvenile Court Act. 383, 384, 330 F.2d 849, 850 (1964) it was said that: . The statute expressly provides that the record shall be withheld from 'indiscriminate' public inspection, 'except that such records or parts thereof shall be made available by rule of court or special order of court to such persons * * * as have a legitimate interest in the protection* * * of the child * * *.' It therefore concluded that the statutory requirement of a "full investigation" had been met. The record and previous history of the juvenile, including previous contacts with the Youth Aid Division, other law enforcement agencies, juvenile courts and other jurisdictions, prior periods of probation to this Court, or prior commitments to juvenile institutions. The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has so held. Kent v. United States Mr. Rabago Period 3 History Fallon Butterfield. Black v. United States, supra. IV, 1965). The Juvenile Court is vested with "original and exclusive jurisdiction" of the child. Perhaps the point of it is that it again illustrates the maxim that, while nondisclosure may contribute to the comfort of the staff, disclosure does not cause heaven to fall. on the question of waiver." The child is protected against consequences of adult conviction such as the loss of civil rights, the use of adjudication against him in subsequent proceedings, and disqualification for public employment. It held that 'The only matter before me is as to whether or not the statutory provisions were complied with and the Courts have held * * * with reference to full investigation, that that does not mean a quasi judicial or judicial hearing. Morris A. KENT, Jr., Petitioner, v. UNITED STATES. 330, 316 F.2d 331 (1963). 2. 229, the position of that court, as we discuss infra, is self-contradictory. During this period of detention and interrogation, peti-tioner's counsel arranged for examination of petitioner by two psychiatrists and a psychologist. 16.See Watkins v. United States, 119 U.S.App.D.C. Media for Kent v. United States. The jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court over a child ceases when he becomes 21. Id. 47, 50, 274 F.2d 556, 559 (1959).' We hold that it is, indeed, a 'critically important' proceeding. This Memorandum has since been rescinded. See District of Columbia v. Little, 339 U.S. 1. He may be detained, but only until he is 21 years of age. 1946.C05.40111 ; 157 F.2d 1. Cf. 4. Flashcards. 31. It, assumes procedural regularity sufficient in the particular circumstances to satisfy the basic requirements of due process and fairness, as well as compliance with the statutory requirement of a "full investigation.". 279, 281 F.2d 642 (1960). He was apprehended as a result of several housebreakings and an attempted purse snatching. Kent v. United States, 157 F.2d 1 (5th Cir. released," is a misdemeanor. Cf. He made no findings. (1959); H.R.Rep.No.1041, 87th Cong., 1st Sess. In Wakins v. United States, 119 U.S.App.D.C. The jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court over a child ceases when he becomes 21. The Juvenile Court is theoretically engaged in determining the needs of the child and of society rather than adjudicating criminal conduct. 23.Cf. On appeal from these judgments, the United States Court of Appeals held on January 22, 1963, that neither appeal to the Municipal Court of Appeals nor habeas corpus was available. He held no hearing. KENT v. UNITED STATES, 383 U.S. 541 (1966) Argued January 19, 1966. Pee v. United States, 107 U.S.App.D.C. Counsel, therefore, have a 'legitimate interest' in the protection of the child, and must be afforded access to these records.31. Nor have we deferred to decisions on local law where to do so would require adjudication of difficult constitutional questions. D.C.Code § 11—907 (1961), now § 11—1551 (Supp. He was apprehended as a result of several housebreakings and an attempted purse snatching. 119 U.S.App.D.C. Kent v. United States is a landmark decision that established a bar of due process for youth waived to the adult system. 6. An offense falling within the statutory limitations (set forth above) will be waived if it has prosecutive merit and if it is heinous or of an aggravated character, or—even though less serious—if it represents a pattern of repeated offenses which indicate that the juvenile may be beyond rehabilitation under Juvenile Court procedures, or if the public needs the protection afforded by such action. Kent had an attorney, but was being denied the right to a fair trial. The right to representation by counsel is not a formality. When Kent was interrogated by police officers for his offenses, he admitted his involvement and volunteered information to investigators. [n24]. He did not recite any reason for the waiver. It does not confer upon the Juvenile Court a license for arbitrary procedure. The court held that 'The need is even greater in the adjudication of waiver (than in a case like Shioutakon) since it contemplates the imposition of criminal sanctions.' In Kent v. United States, in 1966, the U.S. Supreme Court noted that the “objectives” of the juvenile courts are “to provide measures of guidance and rehabilitation for the child and protection for society, not to fix criminal responsibility, guilt and punishment. MR. JUSTICE FORTAS delivered the opinion of the Court. … Whether the alleged offense was committed in an aggressive, violent, premeditated or willful manner. The court had obtained the 'Social Service' file from the Juvenile Court and had made it available to petitioner's counsel. Kent was indicted in district court. The child's attorney must be advised of the information upon which the Juvenile Court relied in order to assist effectively in the determination of the waiver question, by insisting upon the statutory command that waiver can be ordered only after "full investigation," and by guarding against action of the Juvenile Court beyond its discretionary authority. Violation of any such rule or order, or disclosure of the information 'except for purposes for which * * * released,' is a misdemeanor. D.C.Code § 11-912 (1961), now § 16-2306 (Supp. The statute sets forth no specific standards for the exercise of this important discretionary act, but leaves the formulation of such criteria to the Judge. The case of Kent v. United States created a new way of thinking surrounding juvenile court. Learn. Kent v. United States focuses on the 6th amendment, granting all citizens the right to due process of law. D.C.Code § 11—914 (1961), now § 11—1553 (Supp. We cannot agree with the Court of Appeals in the present case that the statute is "ambiguous." This section permits the Judge to waive jurisdiction "after full investigation" in the case of any child. 119 U.S.App.D.C. Kent v. United States Page 7 Kent v. United States general information. (2) It failed to give an adequate and fair competency hearing. [p567]. Pee v. United States, 107 U.S.App.D.C. The Juvenile Court Act confers upon the child a right to avail himself of that court's "exclusive" jurisdiction. It is clear beyond dispute that the waiver of jurisdiction is a 'critically important' action determining vitally important statutory rights of the juvenile. It appears that the attack on the regularity of the waiver of jurisdiction was made 17 years after the event, and that no objection to waiver had been made in the District Court. Title U.S. Reports: Kent v. United States, 383 U.S. 541 (1966). 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