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Before the establishment of the juvenile criminal courts, there was not much need for them. Life was very different and children often were under their parent’s supervision. As a parent, you had ultimate responsibility and control over your child. The parents were the only ones who would punish a child for their actions and the court system was content with that. It was not until later years that the courts had to intervene due to heinous crimes being committed by youth which was no longer just a household problem, it became a community problem. As times continued to change, so did the parent’s ability to constantly supervise their children all day long, and lack of supervision and attention is often what lead minors into bad situations. What started off as a household problem, later turned into a community problem, which lead to the formation of the Juvenile court system that exists today (Grant, 2003). In the United States, there are two justice systems, the juvenile system and the criminal system. In the event that a minor knowingly commits a crime, he or she is held responsible and will face consequences; a process which is rendered through juvenile court (Schmalleger, F. 2009) .The juvenile court system was created to protect minor’s rights as well as the safety of the public. In the last few years there have been some really strong arguments made in favor of abolishing the juvenile court system however, before considering that idea, it is important to understand the differences between the juvenile courts systems and the criminal court systems, the definition of what it means to be delinquent, and what may be some probable causes of a child becoming delinquent. Thereafter, it will become evident on the importance of the juvenile court system and how abolishing it can be harmful to our...