Washington Law Review


State courts have struggled to balance the tensions between the juvenile justice system and a juvenile's constitutional rights at post-adjudicatory predisposition proceedings. Washington courts do not provide a clear standard for protecting a juvenile's rights at these proceedings. This Comment examines the punitive nature of Washington's juvenile justice system and argues that the right against self-incrimination should attach at juvenile predisposition proceedings. It also argues that a grant of use and derivative use immunity at such proceedings provides optimal protection for juvenile rights because it safeguards a juvenile's rights while fostering the treatment component of the Juvenile Justice Act.

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