The Circuit Court Family
Division has jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency proceedings
involving children under age 17 charged with a violation of
criminal law or ordinance, or with a status offence. If
the juvenile is found responsible for the offences the court
may order a juvenile dispositional. Ranging from
probation to committing the juvenile to an out of home
When a juvenile is
found responsible for an offence, the Court will usually place
the juvenile on formal or informal probation.
Formal Calendar: All
assaultive offenses and felonies are placed on the formal calendar.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled and juveniles will be
required to appear with both parents. The charge(s) will
be read and the juvenile will be read the right to council,
retained or court appointed or tried by jury, judge or plan to
admission of guilt to the charge(s).
After a plea is entered, a disposition
hearing will be scheduled, and the assigned court caseworker
will complete a field investigation, gathering information on
the juvenile, family, school and any prior criminal records.
A report will be submitted to the judge for review and
disposition will be entered which may range from probation
requirements to short term detention to residential care
placement. Probation fees and costs are ordered for
reimbursement by the parents.
Formal Calendar probation hearings are set on
charged with misdemeanors or non-assaultive crimes and first
time offenders, may be considered for the consent calendar
A consent calendar conference will be set in which a discussion
of the consent calendar hearing will be set and the court will
approve of the consent agreement. Consent calendar
matters are non-public and will be destroyed upon the youth's
17th birthday providing they have not returned to the court for
any reason. Failure to comply with the plan will result
in being placed on the formal calendar and the matter set
before the judge. There are various fines and costs
assessed for the consent calendar program, which are due at the
time for the consent hearing.
Consent Calendar hearings are held on
Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m.