Juvenile

Juvenile Justice Commission

Mission Statement

The Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission is a mandated group of private citizens who perform a variety of advocacy and regulatory functions on behalf of the youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

The Mission of the Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law in this county and to ensure that the highest standards of care and services are maintained for the youth within the juvenile justice system.

Overview of the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) Under the mandates of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), the JJC conducts inspections of police departments temporarily housing juveniles, county operated juvenile facilities and group homes where wards and dependent children of the Juvenile Court are placed. The Commission also inspects and reviews operations, medical/mental health services, and rehabilitative programs available within these facilities.

The Commission is comprised of not less than 7 and no more than 15 citizens, including two members between the ages of 14 and 21 if such persons are available to serve. The Commissioners are appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court with the concurrence of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, and serve a four-year term.

The JJC continues to actively encourage applications for the Commission from the residents of Monterey County. An application is available by printing it from this website or by contacting the JJC c/o Juvenile Probation 1422 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906 or you can request an application be sent to you by emailing your request to: DLJuvJusticeCommission@monterey.courts.ca.gov

Interest in serving on the Juvenile Justice Commission

The JJC is empowered by the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC) sections 225-231 to “inquire into the administration of juvenile court law.” The JJC adopts a goal-oriented and proactive approach in meeting its responsibilities throughout the year.

  • A candidate for the JJC should possess the integrity and motivation to perform the duties in an objective, fair and honest manner.
  • The candidate must have the time and commitment to fulfill the appointment responsibilities. The Commissioners participate in standing committees and liaison activities.
  • No restrictions based on age, gender, ethnicity, religion, economic status or race will affect the eligibility of the candidate.
  • Commissioners must be available to attend JJC meetings, which are held on the 4th Monday of each month between 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Meetings are currently being held via Zoom. Members of the public may observe a meeting by requesting a link forty-eight hours in advance of the meeting at DLJuvJusticeCommission@monterey.courts.ca.gov
Applying for Commission Appointment
ONLY MONTEREY COUNTY RESIDENTS MAY APPLY
Application
  • An application is available by printing it from this website or by contacting the JJC c/o Juvenile Probation 1422 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906; or you can request an application be sent to you at DLJuvJusticeCommission@monterey.courts.ca.gov
  • The application can be mailed, emailed, or faxed back to Juvenile Probation 1422 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906, email:DLJuvJusticeCommission@monterey.courts.ca.gov or faxed to 831-759-7242.
  • After the applicants have completed the application and indicated they are interested in serving on the Commission, the next step is the application review process. A panel of Commissioners will conduct interviews and make a recommendation to the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. It should be noted background checks will be conducted once the applicants have been selected by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court with the concurrence of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court.