The juvenile court is a division of the superior court. It handles delinquency, status offense, and child abuse and neglect cases for minors. Its purpose is to provide protection and safety to each minor that comes into it.
Juvenile court handles cases that involve children who have committed law violations that would be considered crimes if committed by an adult. The offenses are not criminal but are illegal because of the child’s age. Typical offenses include truancy and running away from home.
These are family-situation cases that can include allegations of abuse or neglect has been made; the court intervenes to protect the children.
If your child has committed a crime and must come before the judge in juvenile court, contact an Orange County Family Law attorney who has experience defending juveniles and understands the court rules and procedures.