PHILOSOPHY

 

“Justice is the process by which disputes are resolved in a democratic society.  Once the justice process has determined and placed responsibility for an action by which someone is wronged, the perpetrator must be held accountable by fair and measured punishment.  Because the Juvenile Justice System does not deal with fully developed adults, rehabilitation should be a part of the Court’s dispositional goal.  The administration of justice in the Allen County Juvenile Court will therefore join appropriate punishment with the utilization of community agencies and programs appropriate to the individual with the goal of returning a productive and contributing citizen to the community. 

The staff of the Allen County Juvenile Court will endeavor to perform its duties with respect and compassion for all with whom it comes in contact, whether victim, offender, parent, professional or witness.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                Judge Glenn H. Derryberry

                                                                                                2008