National Center for Youth Law

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In re Tyriq T.

This case addresses whether an interlocutory appeal can be heard from a decision to transfer a youth to adult court. Under Connecticut’s juvenile transfer law, after motion of the State, the court may transfer a child who is fourteen or older and charged with a class C, D or unclassified felony to adult court. In deciding whether a child should be transferred to adult court, state statutes require that the court consider the best interests of the child and the public; the child’s prior criminal or juvenile offenses; the seriousness of such offenses; any evidence that the child has an intellectual disability or mental illness; and the availability of services in the juvenile court to meet the child’s needs.