Programs & Services

  1. At-Risk Youth

    At Risk Youth is a legislated program designed to assist and enable parents to gain control of their children through court intervention.

  2. Child in Need of Services

    Child in Need of Services (CHINS) is similar to the At-Risk Program except that a CHINS is filed when there is a need to remove the child from the home while the court intervention and family assistance takes place.

  3. Dependency

    Dependency court proceedings address the needs of children regarding abuse and/or neglect, abandonment, no parent/guardian or that are developmentally disabled. Juvenile Services and the court clerk process submitted petitions regarding these allegations.

  4. Detention

    Juveniles are court ordered into secured detention facilities. While in detention they attend school, meet with probation counselors and may attend drug/alcohol information classes.

  5. Diversion

    Diversion is a legal process whereby first time offenders alleged to have committed certain misdemeanors are offered an alternative to the formal court process.

  6. Emancipation Petitions

    A legal process where 16 or 17 year olds may petition the court for legal status as an adult (emancipation). Contact Tom Kearny for more information at 360-378-4620.

  7. Guardian ad Litem

    Court appointed special advocates appointed to protect the best interest of a child or children involved in a court proceeding.

  8. Juvenile Offender Court Services

    All juvenile cases filed by the Prosecuting Attorney are processed in Superior Court Juvenile Division. Cases are heard in the courtroom located at the courthouse. JCS has responsibility for the supervision of court orders regarding juvenile offenders.

  9. Local Court Rules (PDF)

    Review the Local Court Rules for the Superior Court of San Juan County.

  10. Minor in Possession

    All juveniles who are diverted or found guilty of alcohol or drug offenses will have their privilege to drive revoked.

  11. Parole

    More serious juveniles offenders who are released from state institutions to their home communities under parole are supervised by state counselors.

  12. Probation

    Supervision of court order juvenile offenders. Terms typically include community service, fines, restitution and may include a limited number of detention days to be served during the period of supervision.

  13. Special Offender Supervision / Dispositions

    There are four special dispositional alternatives available to the Court in dealing with specific problems presented by a particular juvenile: Special Sex Offender Disposition Act (SSODA), Chemical Dependency Disposition Alternative (CDDA), Deferred Dispositions, and FFT Family Therapy are programs available for special offenders who are evaluated and deemed a low risk to the community and amenable to treatment/counseling.

  14. Truancy

    Juveniles who do not attend school are referred to the court for attendance action. Juveniles can appear before a Truancy Board or the court and are ordered to school. If they fail to attend they can be ordered to serve time in detention where they will attend the school program.