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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 and Delinquency Court.

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Court Protocols

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Matters Not Handled in Juvenile Court


Dependency Court

Dependency Court cases involve the protection of children under 18 years old 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.The Court works to:

  • Maintain a close liaison with school authorities;
  • Evaluate the criteria for and for at-risk children
  • Encourage development of community resources to help homeless, truant, runaway, and incorrigible children
  • Be familiar with all detention facilities and placements to be used by the court for at-risk children and their families.
  • Act to ensure the public safety and welfare
  • Deliver services to help abused and neglected children and their families
  • Determine the needs of children and their families
  • Develop cooperation between agencies that serve at-risk children and their families
  • Educate the community about the role of the Juvenile Dependency Court

For more information about dependency court, you can view the California Courts video "Juvenile Dependency Court Orientation":

Juvenile Dependency Q&A / How Do I...

Delinquency Court

Delinquency Court cases involve children under 18 years old 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. The purpose of the juvenile system is to provide rehabilitation not punishment.


Juvenile Delinquency Court handles cases that involve children under 18 years old who are alleged to have committed a crime. Other reasons for a Delinquency case can include habitual disobedience, truancy or a child being beyond the control of a parent. The purpose of the juvenile system is to provide rehabilitation not punishment.


Delinquency court works in the best interests of the child to:

  • Promote the welfare of the child
  • Provide care and guidance
  • Provide protection to the public
  • Reaffirm the duty of parents

Juvenile Delinquency proceeding are considered civil hearings not criminal trials.

For more information about dependency court, you can view the California Courts video "Juvenile Delinquency Court Orientation":

Juvenile Delinquency Q&A / How Do I...

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