Finding Legal Help
You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help.
Como encontrar ayuda legal
Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.
- General Juvenile Court Information
- Child Welfare
- Child Welfare Appeals
- Child Welfare Mediation
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
- Court Improvement Program
- Drug Courts
- Educating Youth in State Care
- Evidence Based Practices in Utah Juvenile Court
- FAQ - Juveniles and Juvenile Court
- Glossary of Juvenile-Related Terms
- Guardian ad Litem (GAL)
- Guardianship of a Minor
- Judicial District Map
- Juvenile Justice Process
- Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet
- Parental Consent Waiver for Abortion
- Petition for Removal from DCFS Custody
- Problem Solving Courts
- Protective Orders
- Public Access to Juvenile Courts
- Victim-Offender Mediation
- Victim Services
Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community
General Juvenile Court Information
- Juvenile Court: an Introduction for Kids and Families
- Juvenile Court Terms Glossary and Acronym Guide - PDF
- Overview of the Juvenile Court
A description of the types of cases the juvenile court handles
- Utah's Juvenile Courts (brochure) | Los Tribunales de Menores de Utah
- Juvenile Court Judges
Biographies and photos of juvenile court judges
Watch Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video
- Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (English) - YouTube
- Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (Español) - YouTube
Watch Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies Video
- Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies - YouTube
- Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies (Español) - YouTube
Juvenile Court Websites
- A Child's Journey Through the Child Welfare System
- Time Requirements for Dependency, Abuse, and Neglect Cases
- Child Welfare Statutory Time Requirements Report - PDF
- Motion for a Copy of the Record of the Proceedings in a Child Welfare Matter - PDF
- Forms to request the court to order the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to remove a person's name from the Licensing Database. The Licensing Database lists people who have been found by DCFS to have committed severe abuse or neglect of a child - PDF | Word
Watch Navigating Your Child Welfare Case - A Guide for Parents
- A Guide for Parents Involved in the Utah Juvenile Court System (English) - YouTube
- Cómo actuar cuando se tiene un caso de bienestar de menores (Spanish subtitles) - YouTube
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 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.
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
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.
- Use the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) to complete the papers to ask the court to establish guardianship of a minor.
- Read the laws about guardians of minors in the Utah Code: §75-5-201 to 75-5-212
- Watch a 3-part narrated presentation describing the guardianship of a minor process:
- Part 1: Guardianship of a Minor Basics (5.5 minutes)
- Part 2: District Court Procedures (8 minutes)
- Part 3: Responsibilities, Termination, and Modification (5 minutes)
Juvenile Justice Process
Juvenile Justice Services provides an explanation illustrating the juvenile justice process.
Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet
- Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet - PDF
Declaration of Financial Status Forms
- Declaration of Financial Status - PDF | Word
- Declaration of Financial Status (Bilingual - English and Spanish) - PDF | Word
The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.