Juvenile and Family Courts
Victims of child abuse and neglect come before juvenile and family court judges for protection from further harm and for timely decision-making for their future. In response, judges make critical legal decisions and oversee social service efforts to rehabilitate and maintain families, or to provide permanent alternative care for child victims. Retrieved from Resource Guidelines Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases.
Cases referred to juvenile court are first screened by an intake department (either within or outside the court). The intake department may decide to dismiss the case for lack of legal sufficiency or to resolve the matter formally (petitioned) or informally (nonpetitioned).
Retrieved from Juveniles in Court: Case Flow by Detailed Offense.