Juvenile Court

Juvenile matters are confidential.

The Clerk's Office will not provide any information to you by phone. Persons authorized to obtain information must present photo identification at the Clerk's Office.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Juvenile Delinquency and Dependency

What is Juvenile Dependency?

These cases concern family situations where allegations of abuse or neglect have been made, and the Juvenile Court intervenes to protect the family’s children. Whenever possible the Court strives to preserve and strengthen families so children can be raised safely in their own homes. When this is not possible, the Court's focus then shifts to ensuring that children receive a permanent home in a timely fashion, either through reunification with their rehabilitated parents or through adoption, legal guardianship or a long term foster care commitment. Further placement and responsibility for that child is given to Child Protective Services.

What is Juvenile Delinquency?

These cases involve children who have committed law violations that, if committed by an adult, would be considered crimes. Following the arrest of a juvenile offender, a law enforcement officer has the discretion to release the juvenile to his or her parents, or take the offender to juvenile hall. Further placement and responsibility for that child is given to the Probation Department.

Does someone need to accompany my child to court?

It is preferable that a parent or guardian be present with the minor in court. If you cannot be present with the minor, you should contact the court prior to the hearing and explain why you cannot be present.

How can I get my juvenile delinquency case sealed?

Contact the Probation Department (530) 251-8212. For a small fee, they will prepare all the paperwork for you and file it with the court.

Does my child need an attorney?

Your child has a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney for your child, the Court will appoint an attorney to represent him or her.

Do I, as a parent or legal guardian, need an attorney?

In dependency cases, parents have a right to an attorney. If you cannot afford to hire an attorney the Court will appoint an attorney to represent you. Please note, if your child has an attorney, the attorney represents your child and not you.

Will I be required to pay my child’s fees?

You may be held responsible for various fees, including you or your child’s attorney fees; probation department services fees and placement costs for keeping your child in a state placement such as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Hall, or an out-of-home placement.
 
 
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