Juvenile Justice (Delinquency)

Juvenile justice actions begin when a minor is charged with breaking the law.

  • If the court finds the allegations (charges) to be true, the minor is declared a "ward" of the court and usually is placed on probation with terms and conditions that are designed to hold the minor accountable for his or her behavior and enable the minor to become a law-abiding and productive member of the community.
  • The court must balance the interests of public safety and protection, the importance of victim restitution, and the best interests of the minor when deciding what conditions of probation to impose and where to place the minor if removal from the home is necessary.

For additional information about juvenile justice proceedings, see Judicial Council form JV-060 ("Juvenile Court Information for Parents").

Juvenile Court Orientation Video - This 13-minute video is designed to help youth, their parents, and victims of juvenile crime understand juvenile justice proceedings.

WIC 676 Calendar - Contact Juvenile Department 1 at (858) 634-1501 for more information.If you are a member of the media looking to access an upcoming Juvenile hearing, please view the Juvenile Court Media Policy for information on how to request media access to Juvenile Court proceedings.

Delinquency Drug Court

The Delinquency Drug Court is an intervention program for minors who are on probation and who need help to stay clean and sober.

  • It is a collaborative effort between the Juvenile Court, District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, Public Defender's Office, Health and Human Services Agency, law enforcement agencies, and treatment programs.
  • By working together, they provide a variety of programs and consistent supervision geared toward supporting and helping minors to maintain a drug-free life.
  • Drug Court involves frequent court appearances, random drug testing, and group and family counseling.