Juvenile Justice (2022) Review


On the 25th, Netflix reported the same news. Introduced the character poster and teaser trailer for ‘Juvenile Justice’ is a Netflix series depicting the stories of juvenile crimes and the people surrounding them when Shim Eun-seok, a judge who hates juvenile criminals, is appointed to the juvenile department of the district court.

The 10 character posters released together captured the different views of the judges of the Yeonhwa District Court toward the juvenile offenders and the intense expressions of the juvenile offenders. Shim Eun-seok (Kim Hye-soo), who was appointed as Judge Woo Bae-seok of the Juvenile Criminal Agreement, does not hide his cold anger towards juvenile criminals, saying, “I hate juvenile criminals.”

Judge Cha Tae-joo (Kim Mu-yeol), who works with Shim Eun-seok, sees the case from a different perspective from Shim Eun-seok. Their superiors, chief judges Kang Won-joong (Lee Seong-min) and Na Geun-hee (Lee Jung-eun), arouse curiosity with expressions that are still unknown. ‘Juvenile Justice’ gives a lot of thought to juvenile offenders and juvenile crimes through the appearance of four judges who show various perspectives toward juvenile offenders who have committed a felony in court. The sharp contrast and the black-and-white expressions of the young offenders also catch the eye.

The trailer begins in a juvenile court where a boy is being tried. He surrendered himself after being implicated in a murder case, but the juvenile offender bursts into laughter by referring to the juvenile law that does not allow children under the age of 14 to go to jail. With Shim Eun-seok’s words, “That’s why I hate you guys. Rehabilitation doesn’t work.” Shim Eun-seok gives a harsher and more terrifying tip to the children who have learned that the law is not a big deal.

 Shim Eun-seok, who takes a hard punishment like the copy, “Because I dared to commit a crime at that age,” draws attention to what kind of judgment will be made on juvenile offenders who neither repent of their mistakes nor feel guilt. What kind of judgment will Shim Eun-seok make on juvenile offenders who neither repent of their sins nor feel guilty about it?

‘Juvenile Justice’ deals with various stories of juvenile crimes and juvenile offenders from a balanced perspective, and through the stories of judges judging them with cold anger, it raises a hot topic about the reality of our society and the direction to be taken. With Kim Hye-soo as the lead, actors Kim Mu-yeol, Lee Seong-min, and Lee Jung-eun appear. Director Hong Jong-chan, who directed ‘Dear My Friends’, ‘Life’ and ‘Her Private Life’, took on the directing role.


  • Drama: Juvenile Justice
  • Native Title: 소년 심판
  • Also Known As: Juvenile Judgement, The Boy Judgement, Boy Judge, Sonyeon Simpan
  • Director: Hong Jong Chan
  • Screenwriter: Kim Min Sook
  • Genres: Law, Drama
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 10
  • Aired: Feb 25, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 1 hr. 2 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)