Delinquency Petition Law and Legal Definition

A delinquency petition is a petition that is filed by the prosecuting attorney in cases where a child under 18 years of age commits a delinquent act. The delinquency petition must state the acts which bring the juvenile within the court's jurisdiction. Laws relating to delinquency petition differ from state to state.

A delinquency petition is a petition in the interests of a juvenile. It is filed by a prosecutor asking for a youth to be declared "delinquent" by the juvenile court. An adjudicatory hearing will determine if the youth is culpable.