Interactive Guide to Determining the Court of Proper Jurisdiction

This program is an interactive method to determine the court of proper jurisdiciton as a result of the juvenile "raise the age" law that was first enacted in 2007 and went into effect on January 1, 2010 and amended numerous times thereafter. If you are interested in tracking the changes, you should refer to the following Public Acts: (click links to view the documents)


You may also want to look at That is a 58 page PDF document that tells you which charges are handled as adult cases and which are handled as juvenile cases when committed by a 16 or 17 year old. Although the list has not been updated to reflect the July 1, 2012 change in the law, a 17 year old charged with a crime committed on or after July 1, 2012 would be handled the same way as a 16 year old so the chart would be valid today for 17 year olds as well.

POST also has a handy two page guide at that outlines the recent changes. This has been updated to reflect the July 1, 2012 changes. It is designed to be printed on both sides of a sheet of paper and folded into a tri-fold brochure.

Finally, another simple one page chart addressing this issue can be viewed by clicking here.

The purpose of this interactive guide is to assist the Connecticut police in determining the court of proper jurisdiction following an arrest. Since the answer to that question depends on the person's age and the law that was in effect on the date of the offense, the program will begin by asking for the date of the offense. It will then ask a series of questions necessary to determine the answer.

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Send questions and comments to: Fran Carino, Supervisory Assistant State's Attorney, at:

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