Attorney General’s Certification

Attorney General’s Certification

Definition

to Proceed against a Juvenile in Federal Court A certification filed by the attorney general so that a federal district court has jurisdiction to proceed against a juvenile in juvenile-delinquency proceedings in federal court. The attorney general must certify that (1) a state court lacks or refuses to assume jurisdiction over the juvenile related to the alleged delinquent act, (2) the state lacks sufficient programs for juveniles, or (3) the crime charged was a violent felony or an offense listed in specific sections of federal controlled-substances statutes and there is significant federal interest, or the crime is such that federal jurisdiction is warranted.

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