Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

The Imperfect Science of Juvenile Justice

February 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Judge Roger Rogoff

“As a trial judge, having served three years on the juvenile court, I will not miss the lack of tools and answers for our homeless, poverty-stricken and abused youth.”

As a trial judge in King County Superior Court and a former state and federal prosecutor, I have had to manage complex, difficult cases. However, the past three years I spent in juvenile court have been the most emotionally-charged, inspiring and terrifying of my 25-year legal career.

During my time there, one truth became clear — political slogans are terrible answers for juvenile court justice and simple answers do not exist. 

It is a...

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