Juvenile

Juvenile Dependency

Dependency actions involve minors who have allegedly been abused, neglected, or inadequately cared for by one or more parents. The jurisdiction prerequisites for such proceedings are described in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 300. Unlike juvenile justice or status offender proceedings (where the principal focus is on the conduct of the minor), dependency proceedings are to ensure the safety and well-being of the minor. If Juvenile Court jurisdiction is established, the court will then determine whether the minor should be removed from the parent's custody and, if so, what placement would be most appropriate for the minor's needs.

Juvenile Dependency Process

Transfer In cases are to be heard in the Dependency court:

Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in Department 10.

Contact Information: 831-775-5400 Extension: 0; Please ask for the Juvenile Unit Lead or the Supervisor for additional information on Transfer In calendar settings.

Quick Links that may be helpful:

Link to Juvenile Dependency Guide for Parents: http://www.courts.ca.gov/documents/juvenile-dependency-court-and-you.pdf

Link to Juvenile Dependency: http://www.courts.ca.gov/cfcc-dependency.htm