Juvenile Courts

  • Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet - PDF Document PDF

Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community

  • 2014 Report - PDF Document PDF (English) | PDF Document PDF (Español)

General Juvenile Court Information

Watch Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (Requires Windows Media Player)

Juvenile Court Websites


Child Welfare


Child Welfare Appeals

Child Welfare Appeals - Child Welfare cases include abuse, neglect and dependency proceedings, and termination of parental rights cases and adoptions. An appeal is a review by a higher court of a lower court's final judgment or decree. An appeal is not a new trial, and no new evidence will be accepted.


Child Welfare Mediation

Child Welfare Mediation involves the use of a skilled and unbiased third party to assist families, agencies, and attorneys in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution regarding child welfare and placement issues.


Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - A CASA volunteer is an advocate for children under the court's jurisdiction for abuse, neglect or dependency. Children who otherwise would not have a voice in court benefit from talking to someone they can trust - someone they know is there to help them - a CASA. CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the court by gathering relevant information about the child and the family, and getting to know the child.


Drug Courts

Drug courts work by recognizing that unless substance abuse ends, fines and jail time are unlikely to prevent future criminal activity. Consequently, drug courts, through frequent testing and court supervision, focus upon eliminating drug addiction as a long-term solution to crime.


Emancipation

Parents are legally obligated to provide the basic needs for their children until they are eighteen. If a person under eighteen marries or joins the U.S. Armed Forces, parents are no longer responsible for supporting them or for making decisions for them.

Utah has an emancipation law (Utah Code §78A-6-801 et seq.) which allows a minor 16 years or older to ask the juvenile court to declare them emancipated. Emancipation gives a minor under eighteen the rights and responsibilities of an adult. Emancipation forms are available on the court's website.


Expungement of Juvenile Record

Expungement is the process of sealing a criminal case after the case has been resolved. A variety of adult and juvenile cases can be expunged, under conditions specified in state law.


Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

A guardian ad litem is a lawyer appointed by the court to look after the interests of an infant, child or incompetent person during court proceedings. The guardian ad litem may represent children in custody actions where there are allegations of abuse or neglect, or in protective order proceedings. The guardian ad litem also represents children who are in foster care.


Guardianship of a Minor

Guardianship of a minor gives a guardian the legal authority to make decisions regarding the minor.


Juvenile Justice Process

Juvenile Justice Services provides a flowchart illustrating the juvenile justice process as well as a written explanation.


Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet

  • Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet - PDF Document PDF

Page Last Modified: 10/7/2014
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