What is restoration?
Restoration is a once a week, unless the court orders more frequent sessions, individual tutoring session on the juvenile justice process. Once a week for up to six months the juvenile meets with the restoration specialist at the child’s home or school to receive 50 minutes of tutoring on the court system.

Every sixty days the court will hold a review hearing to determine if the child is competent. Prior to the review hearing, the juvenile will be evaluated by a psychologist who will send a report to the court regarding whether the doctor believes the juvenile has become competent.

Once the juvenile is competent the court will set the matter for an adjudication (trial) hearing and the case will move forward. If at the end of six months the juvenile is still incompetent and will not understand the juvenile court process even if he receives another two months of lessons, the charges are dismissed, (dropped).

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1. Why would an attorney request a mental competency hearing?
2. Why does it matter whether I am competent or not?
3. What happens if the court orders a mental competency exam?
4. How do I know when to meet with the doctors?
5. What happens after I see the doctors?
6. What is restoration?
7. If the juvenile is found competent, then what?