Transfers and Certifications
A case involving a juvenile 14 years or older accused of a delinquent act, which would be a felony if committed by an adult, may be certified or transferred to the Circuit Court
where the juvenile may be tried as an adult. A hearing to determine whether to transfer the case cannot occur unless the juvenile's parents or their attorney are notified by motion of the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney
of such a request for certification.
The case of a juvenile accused of certain serious felonies will be certified to Circuit Court, if the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge finds probable (reasonable) cause to believe that the juvenile committed the act of which he or she is accused. If a juvenile is accused of certain other serious felonies, the case will be certified to Circuit Court if the Commonwealth's Attorney asks to have the case certified, and if the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court judge finds probable (reasonable) cause to believe the juvenile committed the act of which he or she is accused.