Juvenile Court

In Arizona our Superior Court has a Juvenile Division.

The Juvenile Court Division of the Superior Court has jurisdiction over all adoption, dependency and delinquency actions.

If any of those actions are pending, the Juvenile Division of the court will have exclusive jurisdiction.

That means that the Family Law Division will not be able to enter orders regarding the child until Juvenile Courtsuch time as jurisdiction is relinquished or the juvenile matter is resolved.

However, in many counties, the Juvenile Division will “consolidate” family matters within the juvenile matter.

That means that a case for parenting time could be addressed by a Juvenile Division judge.

What are these actions?

Adoptions are kind of obvious and involve the adoption of a child as if they were born to you naturally.

When you adopt a child, you assume every responsibility for that child including the obligation for support. You also gain all of the rights of the natural parent.

Adoption is a very noble undertaking and includes life-long commitment.

If you’re unsure of the ramifications of an adoption, you need to discuss the matter with an attorney.

Dependency actions are usually started by the Department of Economic Security, Child Protection Services.

When you hear about “CPS” taking a child, that action usually results in the filing of a dependency action. Many parents in such actions operate under a misunderstanding.

CPS is not the court

CPS is merely one of the litigants in a dependency action. It is perfectly acceptable to fight CPS and is often exactly what a parent will want to do.

Many parents are scared to fight and meekly accept what CPS demands.

Don’t fall into that trap! If you enter into an agreement in court with CPS, you will be committing to approximately one year of tasks called a “caseplan.”

Seek the advice of an attorney before your first court date.

CPS likes to win!

At the very first court hearing, CPS will be asking you to admit to what they have alleged against you. If you enter into such admissions, you have committed to the caseplan and cannot retract your admissions later!

The time to fight a dependency case is at the very beginning so don’t delay in seeking the advice of an attorney.

Delinquency actions are ones where a child is charged with behavior that would have been a criminal act if the child were an adult.

When a child is charged with a delinquency, he/she is not charged with a crime! They are alleged to be delinquent. Of course, they are charged with behavior that would have been criminal if they were adults, so many parents become confused.

Many years ago, our society realized that, frequently, children lack the capacity to understand that their behavior is wrong.

Rather than treat them as we do adult criminals (who are assumed to know their behavior is criminal), we created our Juvenile Courts.

The Juvenile Court is more concerned with correcting behavior and allowing our incorrigible children a chance to become productive members of society.

The Juvenile Court will usually impose consequences on a child that has been found to be “delinquent.” While punishment is still imposed, the central theory behind the Juvenile Courts is rehabilitation.

If your child is charged with a delinquent act, remember the purpose of the Juvenile Court. A child has the right to be represented by an attorney and has most of the same trial rights as an adult.

There are no juries in juvenile proceedings, so your child will have a “bench trial” where the case is heard directly to the judge.

The County Attorney will represent the state in juvenile delinquency proceedings. The County Attorney also recognizes the underlying purpose of the system and will often seek to negotiate a plea bargain with your child.

You will want your child to have the benefit of counsel with regard to negotiating plea deals with the County Attorney. If a plea bargain cannot be reached, your child’s attorney will be able to have the matter set for a trial.

Although your child will be appointed an attorney, you have the right to seek an attorney of your choice.

Be sure your attorney has experience in juvenile matters because they differ in many ways from the adult system.

The Juvenile Division is very specialized. If you are involved with that system, you need representation of your choice.

If you are being advised to take action that you do not feel if correct, be sure to seek a second opinion.

Any attorney you meet with should be experienced in the juvenile system, so be sure to ask.

27 Comments

  1. Thank you for any other wonderful article. Where else could anybody get that type of information in such a perfect manner of writing? I’ve a presentation subsequent week, and I am at the look for such info.

  2. I carry on listening to the news bulletin speak about receiving boundless online grant applications so I have been looking around for the most excellent site to get one. Could you tell me please, where could i find some?

  3. I?¦m not sure the place you’re getting your info, but good topic. I needs to spend a while learning much more or working out more. Thanks for fantastic info I used to be in search of this info for my mission.

  4. Hello, Neat post. There’s a problem along with your web site in internet explorer, may check this… IE still is the marketplace leader and a large section of other folks will pass over your great writing because of this problem.

  5. I’m not sure exactly why but this web site is loading very slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  6. Hi this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding know-how so I wanted to get guidance from someone with experience. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  7. You can definitely see your skills within the paintings you write. The world hopes for even more passionate writers like you who are not afraid to mention how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

  8. Somebody essentially help to make seriously posts I would state. This is the first time I frequented your website page and thus far? I surprised with the research you made to make this particular publish extraordinary. Fantastic job!

  9. I was just seeking this information for a while. After 6 hours of continuous Googleing, finally I got it in your website. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this kind of informative web sites in top of the list. Usually the top websites are full of garbage.

  10. I intended to post you one tiny word to help thank you again for your personal unique strategies you have featured in this article. It’s certainly surprisingly generous with people like you to grant extensively just what numerous people might have offered for sale for an e-book in making some cash for themselves, most importantly considering the fact that you could have done it in case you considered necessary. These solutions likewise served to be the easy way to be aware that many people have a similar interest much like my own to see a great deal more around this matter. I’m certain there are some more fun instances in the future for folks who looked at your website.

  11. The next time I read a blog, I hope that it doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to read, but I actually thought youd have something interesting to say. All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could fix if you werent too busy looking for attention.

  12. Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other sites? I have a blog centered on the same topics you discuss and would really like to have you share some stories/information. I know my subscribers would value your work. If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to shoot me an e mail.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.