COVID-19 Court Information

Juvenile

JUVENILE JUSTICE

The Juvenile Justice Courthouse will continue to be closed to the general public, as most juvenile proceedings are confidential. All Juvenile Justice and Truancy cases on calendar will be heard. Detained youth may appear via Zoom from Juvenile Hall, the Youth Center, or a secure area adjacent to the courtroom. Most Juvenile Justice and Truancy cases involving non-detained youth will be heard with youth present in the courtroom.

Anyone who is in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 related exposure or who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 infection should contact their attorney or Juvenile Probation Department to arrange for a remote appearance or a continuance of the hearing. Do not come to the courthouse. All persons entering the courthouse will be required to submit to a temperature check, wear a mask, and maintain social distancing while in the courthouse.

An attorney will be appointed to represent youth at the first court hearing unless the youth has already retained an attorney. At least one parent will be permitted to be present in the courtroom for each hearing.

Victim Impact Statements: Written victim-impact statements may still be electronically filed with the court. Individuals may also provide victim-impact statements telephonically; telephonic appearances should be coordinated through the District Attorney's Office prior to the hearing.

Drug Court review hearings: Drug Court review hearings have resumed. Contact your probation officer to find out whether you need to appear in person or remotely.

Transfer In cases will be heard on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Department 12, Juvenile Justice Court Contact information: 831-775-3002; please ask for the Juvenile Unit Lead or the Supervisor for additional information on Transfer In calendar settings.

First appearances in Juvenile Justice cases: Youth and parents of non-detained youth that have been notified to attend court for a "first appearance" should attend court in person and will be able to enter the courtroom. One parent will be permitted to enter the courtroom for each youth. Youth over 12 years old and parents will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing while in the courthouse. An attorney will be appointed to represent the youth at the first hearing unless the youth has already retained an attorney.

First appearances, arraignments and pretrial conferences in Truancy cases: Youth and parents that are making a first appearance (youth), arraignment (parents), or pretrial conference should attend court in person and will be able to enter the courtroom for these appearances.

Juvenile Justice hearings in cases involving detained youth: Attorneys and detained youth may continue to appear remotely. Proper social distancing and other pre-cautionary measures will be adhered to if parties and/or attorneys are attending in person. Parents of detained youth may participate in their youth's hearing via a conference call line. Parents should contact their youth's attorney or probation officer to make arrangements to participate in their youth's hearing via telephone conference; they should not come to the courthouse absent advance approval.

Juvenile Justice hearings in cases involving non-detained youth: Attorneys may continue to appear remotely. Non-detained youth and their parents may appear remotely if the youth is entering a plea or has a dispositional hearing. Non-detained youth and their parents should contact the youth's attorney or probation officer to appear for the hearing via telephone conference. Attorneys, youth, and parents appearing in court in person are required to follow social distancing and other safety measures.

Attorneys may appear for their youth/client for certain hearings if the youth/client agrees; the youth does not need to come to court or appear remotely in such cases because the youth has authorized his/her/their attorney to appear for him/her/them. Examples of such cases include:
  • Review hearings for JSORT, CALA court
  • Reviews regarding probation termination and record sealing
Examples of types of cases in which non-detained may, in consultation with an attorney, choose to make a remote/telephonic appearance include the following:
  • A pre-trial conference at which the youth intends to admit to a charge/charges on a petition
  • A dispositional hearing during which a youth will be placed on probation

JUVENILE DEPENDENCY

Appearances in Dependency proceedings may be made in-person or via remote technology consistent with Rule 5.531, through the Zoom platform. Counsel for parents and children shall confer with their clients concerning the in-person and/or remote proceedings.