The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission was established by the Pennsylvania Legislature in 1959. Members of the commission are nominated by the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and appointed by the governor for three-year terms.
The Juvenile Court Judges' Commission is responsible for:
- Advising juvenile courts concerning the proper care and maintenance of delinquent and dependent children;
- Establishing standards governing the administrative practices and judicial procedures used in juvenile courts;
- Establishing personnel practices and employment standards used in probation offices;
- Collecting, compiling and publishing juvenile court statistics; and
- Administering a grant-in-aid program to improve county juvenile probation.
Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research
The Center for Juvenile Justice Training and Research (CJJT&R) is located at Shippensburg University and is the home of our Training, Graduate Education, Balanced and Restorative Justice and Secure Detention Monitoring programs. The Information Technology Division (ITD) is also located in the campus.
The Information Technology Division collects, compiles and publishes the juvenile court statistics for the Commonwealth. These statistics are used to analyze the function of juvenile courts and to develop long-range plans for future court operations. The statistics are compiled into an annual dispositional report. Additionally, the ITD provides various reports to county probation departments and to other local, state and federal agencies, upon request.
The center also coordinates and presents training seminars each year to more than 3,000 juvenile probation officers, juvenile court judges and staff from both private and public residential facilities. Programs are designed to enhance participant's skills in working with juvenile offenders and in the administration of services.