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; most Juvenile Justice and Truancy cases will continue to be heard remotely via conference call and videoconference.

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.

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.

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

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.

Truancy Court: Truancy Court hearings occur each Friday.
  • If you are a student or a parent with a truancy case and you are represented by an attorney, contact your attorney or probation officer to find out whether you need to appear in person or remotely.
  • If you are a student with a truancy case, but you do not yet have an attorney, you will need to come to court on the date you have been notified to appear.
  • If you are a parent with a truancy case without an attorney and your youth also has a truancy case, you will need to attend court in person or remotely with your youth.
  • If you are a parent with a truancy case without an attorney and your youth does not have a truancy case, you will need to come to court on the date you have been notified to appear.

The Court continues to provide interpreters for any youth and/or parent needing the service of an interpreter; these services may be provided remotely.

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A JUVENILE COURT DATE WHILE THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IS IN EFFECT?

A: Contact your youth's attorney to find out:
  1. Whether your youth will need to appear personally in court or may appear via telephone conference.
  2. How you can participate in your youth’s hearing via phone conference if your youth is detained in Juvenile Hall.

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF MY YOUTH HAS A JUVENILE COURT DATE AND MY YOUTH DOES NOT YET HAVE AN ATTORNEY?

A: If your youth is not in Juvenile Hall, you and your youth should come to Juvenile Court on the day that you have been notified to appear. An attorney will be appointed to represent your youth at that hearing. If your youth is detained in Juvenile Hall, you may participate in your youth’s detention hearing via conference call. An attorney will be appointed to represent your youth at this first appearance.

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE AND/OR MY YOUTH HAS A TRUANCY COURT DATE AND MY YOUTH DOES NOT YET HAVE AN ATTORNEY?

A: You and your youth should come to Juvenile Court on the day that you have been notified to appear. An attorney will be appointed to represent your youth at the first hearing.

Youth that have Juvenile Justice or Truancy cases are encouraged to contact their attorney and/or probation officer with any additional questions.

JUVENILE DEPENDENCY

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

Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A DEPENDENCY COURT DATE WHILE THE SHELTER IN PLACE ORDER IS IN EFFECT?

A: Your attorney will make the appearance for you, so you are not required to come to court. Contact your attorney ahead of the hearing to discuss what is expected to occur during the hearing.