The Juvenile Court is responsible for handling all delinquent complaints concerning children who are under the age of 17 years. However, in cases involving unruly children or abused and neglected children the age limit is extended to those under the age of 18 years. Complaints may be initiated by a parent, victim, police department, welfare agency, or other interested parties.
The Court Administrator plans, coordinates and directs the administrative operations of the Juvenile Court. The administrator oversees the personnel and fiscal management functions of the Court.
The Court is organized into four divisions: Intake, Probation, Clerk of the Court and Panel Coordinator. A manager is assigned to each division. The Intake Staff screens the complaints and determines the appropriate course of action. The Probation staff provides supervision. The Clerk of the Court provides assistance to all officers of the Court and the public in filing of all traffic, criminal and deprivation documentation concerning juveniles, record all juvenile hearings, and maintain all juvenile court records. The Panel Coordinator handles authorization for shelter cares, as well as, coordinates and organizes panel reviews for all children in the custody Department of Family and Children Services.