California Welfare and Institutions Code Section 603

CA Welf & Inst Code § 603 (2017)  

(a) No court shall have jurisdiction to conduct a preliminary examination or to try the case of any person upon an accusatory pleading charging that person with the commission of a public offense or crime when the person was under the age of 18 years at the time of the alleged commission thereof unless the matter has first been submitted to the juvenile court by petition as provided in Article 7 (commencing with Section 650), and the juvenile court has made an order directing that the person be prosecuted under the general law.

(b) This section shall not apply in any case involving a minor against whom a complaint may be filed directly in a court of criminal jurisdiction pursuant to Section 707.01.

(Amended by Stats. 1996, Ch. 481, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 1997.)

Last modified: October 25, 2018