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Juvenile
The Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court deals with cases that involve children under 18 years old. The two types of courts within the Juvenile Division are:
  • Dependency Court
  • Delinquency Court

Dependency Court cases involve the protection of children that have been or are at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned. The Department of Children and Family Services investigates allegations and is the petitioner on cases filed in the Dependency Court.

Delinquency Court cases involve children who may have committed a delinquent act that would be criminal if committed by an adult. Other reasons for a Delinquency case can include habitual disobedience, truancy or a child being beyond the control of a parent.

Attention
July 10, 2013:

All Juvenile Traffic branches closed effective 6/30/12. Any questions related to juvenile traffic matters can be directed to probation at (818) 901-3001.



April 1, 2013:

Effective April 1, 2013, for non-detained petitions and May 1, 2013, for detained petitions, new cases previously intended for filing at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center will be filed the Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse, the Compton Courthouse, the Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse, the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, or the Long Beach Courthouse, depending on the citing law enforcement agency.

Beginning April 1, 2013, and pursuant to LASC Local Rule 2.3(b)(5), all existing juvenile delinquency cases filed at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center with continuance dates set after June 3, 2013, will be ordered reassigned to juvenile delinquency bench officers at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse, the Compton Courthouse, the Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse, the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, or the Long Beach Courthouse, depending on the citing law enforcement agency. Alternatively, cases may be reassigned in a manner that poses the least inconvenience to families and conforms to promoting the ends of justice. Individual transfer notices for each reassigned case will be delivered or sent to all interested parties.

For additional information, see the Court Consolidation Plan.

Features
General Information
Your overall guide to Juvenile starts here. These sections will take you through the Juvenile Dependency, Juvenile Delinquency, and Informal Juvenile and Traffic processes.
Get Help
You can get help with your Juvenile case. You will find available online help.
Juvenile Forms
You will find links to the forms you need to file your case. A list of Juvenile local forms you can use with your Los Angeles Superior Court case is also found here.
Juvenile Fees
You will find the current fee schedule for all types of Superior Court cases.
Juvenile Locations
You can find the courthouse closest to you that will handle Juvenile cases.
Court Rules
You will find the court rules that are used only in the Los Angeles Superior Court.
 
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