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Location and Hours - Delinquency

Location and Hours - Dependency

Juvenile Court Files

Purpose of Juvenile Delinquency Court

My child is arrested and taken into custody, what will happen?

Does my child need an attorney?

What hearing will my child go to in juvenile court?

Will I be required to pay my child’s fees?

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General Information

Juvenile matters are confidential and information cannot be given over the phone. The minor, parents, legal guardian(s) or attorney(s) of record may view files by appearing at the Superior Court of Kings County with photo identification.   The Juvenile Delinquency Processing Clerk is located in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of Kings County located at 1426 South Drive Bldg A, Hanford, CA 93230. The Juvenile Dependency Processing Clerk is located in Civil Division of the Superior Court of Kings County located at 1426 South Drive Bldg B, Hanford, CA 93230.  The clerks are unable to answer any phone inquiries related to juveniles and or juvenile filings.

Pursuant to 676(b) of the Welfare and Institution Code members of the public shall be admitted on the same basis as they may be admitted to trials in a court of a criminal jurisdiction to hearings concerning petitions filed pursuant to Section 602 this is regarding specific types of violations such as violent crimes.  If you wish to view the Welfare and Institution Codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. Then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Traffic Citations:

All traffic citations involving juveniles are processed and heard by the Kings County Probation Department.  For questions regarding a citation contact the Kings County Probation Department at (559) 582-3211 extension 2850. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Location and Hours-Delinquency

Juvenile Delinquency cases are heard in Department 8 of the Superior Court of Kings County located at the Probation Department 1424 Forum Drive, Hanford, CA 93230.   The juvenile division is located in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of Kings County located at 1426 South Drive Bldg A, Hanford, CA 93230.  Office Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Friday. Telephone number (559) 582-1010 extension 3035.

Location and Hours-Dependency

Juvenile Dependency cases are heard in Department 8 of the Superior Court of Kings County located at the Probation Department 1424 Forum Drive, Hanford, CA 93230.

Juvenile Court Files

Juvenile records are confidential.  The minor, parents, legal guardian(s) or attorney(s) of record may obtain copies of court minute orders and selected court documents by appearing at the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of Kings County with photo identification for records concerning delinquency cases or the Civil Division of the Superior Court of Kings County with photo identification for records concerning dependency cases.  The records will not be mailed.  There is a 50 cent per page fee for photo copies. (See fees)

Pursuant to 676(b) of the Welfare and Institution Code members of the public shall be admitted on the same basis as they may be admitted to trials in a court of a criminal jurisdiction to hearings concerning petitions filed pursuant to Section 602 this is regarding specific types of violations such as violent crimes.  For information regarding if a case is open to the public pursuant to the above code contact the juvenile processing clerk located in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of Kings County. If you wish to view the Welfare and Institution Codes, they are available through the California Law web site located at www.leginfo.ca.gov/calaw.html. Then, follow the directions for finding the code(s) you are interested in.

Other persons wishing to review a case file must utilize the “Petition for Disclosure of Juvenile Court Records Welfare and Institutions pursuant to Code S/B 287” (JV 570) you may obtain a copy of the form from the court or from web site found at www.courts.ca.gov/forms.htm .  The completed form may be presented either in person or by mail but must contain an original signature.  If the petition is granted, viewing and or receipt of copies may only occur with proper photo identification.  The court may order a hearing as to the request for disclosure, if so; you will be notified by mail as to the date and time set for the hearing.

The Juvenile Delinquency reception counter is located at Kings County Probation Department at (559) 582-3211 extension 2850. The hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  All copies are 50 cent per page.

The Dependency reception counter is Processing is located in the Civil Division of the Superior Court of Kings County located at 1426 South Drive Bldg B, Hanford, CA 93230. The hours are from Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Friday 8:00a.m. - 11:30a.m.  All copies are 50 cent per page.

Purpose of Juvenile Delinquency Court

The purpose of the juvenile delinquency court is to protect, to give guidance and to protect the community and to prosecute (punish) those juveniles who have violated penal law.

If your child becomes a ward of the court, the court will make orders for you and your child so that your child and the community will be protected.  As a ward of the court your child may be allowed to live in your home under court supervision or may be placed outside your home in either an unlocked or locked facility, depending on the age of the child, the seriousness of the offense and any prior delinquency history.

Once the petition has been filed with the court you will receive a copy of the petition indicating the charges your child has been accused of committing.  The petition may be mailed to you if your child is out of custody with a notice of hearing or may be given to you at the time of the hearing if your child is in custody.

My child was arrested and taken into custody.  What will happen?

Your child may be taken to the Kings County Juvenile Center located at the Kings County Probation Department 1424 Forum Drive, Hanford, CA 93230 (this is the only juvenile detention facility in Kings County) or your child may be taken to the police station rather than to the probation department.

Any one of the following could occur:

  1. The arresting officer may release your child back to your custody.
  2. The arresting officer may cite your child to appear at the Probation Department.
  3. You and your child may be given a Notice to Appear, indicating what violation your child has committed, a date and time to appear at the Probation Department.
  4. Your child could be detained in the Juvenile Center.  Your child will be able to make three phone calls after arrest.  One to a parent or guardian.  One to an employer if employed and one to an attorney.  If the Probation Officer is going to question your child the officer must advise your child of their right to remain silent, that anything you child says will be used against him or her, that he or she has a right to an attorney and if they cannot afford one the court will appoint an attorney.  If your child is detained the officer must take immediate steps to notify you.

 

If the arresting officer decides to book your child into the Juvenile Center, it then becomes the decision of the Probation Officer whether to detain or release.  The Probation Officer may let your child go home without asking the District Attorney to file a petition.  Or, your child may go home and the Probation Officer will refer the case to the District Attorney who will decide whether or not to file a petition.

 

If your child does not return home, the law requires that a petition be filed usually within 48 hours from the time the child is taken into custody.  If a petition is filed the minor must go before the Juvenile Court Judge within 24 hours of filing of the petition.  There will be a court hearing, called a Detention Hearing the next day that court is in session.  (Courts are closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays).  To detain or release then becomes the decision of the judge.

Does my child need an attorney?

Yes.  Your child has a right to an attorney.  If you cannot afford to hire an attorney for your child, the court will appoint an attorney to represent him or her. 

Do I, as a parent, need an attorney?

No, not usually.  But please note, if your child has an attorney, the attorney represents your child and not you.

What hearings will my child go to in juvenile court?

You and your child will be required to attend all hearing, unless your appearance is specifically waived by your child’s attorney.  The hearings include:

 

1.  Detention Hearing or Arraignment Hearing:  If your child is detained in the Juvenile Center for more than 48 hours, there will be a Detention Hearing in no more than 72 hours, counting only court business days.  The purpose of the Detention Hearing is for the judge to decide if your child should go home before the next hearing, read the charges against your child and appoint an attorney if you cannot afford one.  If your child was arrested, but never detained in the Juvenile Center, you will receive notice of an Arraignment Hearing ( a Notice of Hearing will be mailed to you and your child).  The purpose of the arraignment hearing is to read the petition containing the charges against your child and to appoint an attorney for your child if you can not afford one.

 

2.  Pre-trial Hearing: a Pre-trial Hearing is held to allow the parties in the matter to either resolve the case or to advise the court that they are ready to proceed to trial.

 

3.  Jurisdiction Hearing: at the Jurisdiction Hearing, the judge will decide whether or not your child committed the offense.

 

4.  Disposition Hearing: a Disposition Hearing is equivalent to a sentencing hearing in adult court.  If the judge finds that your child committed the offense, then at the Disposition Hearing the judge will decide what orders should be made about your child.  If the judge finds that your child did not commit the offense, there is no Disposition Hearing.   The Disposition Hearing is held 10 days after the Jurisdiction Hearing.

In addition to the above hearings, you and your child may be required to attend any of the following:

     Fitness Hearing: if you child is at least 14 years old and is charged with committing certain serious crimes, the district attorney may ask the Juvenile Court to make a decision on whether your child should be tried as an adult.  At the hearing, the judge will decide whether your child will be tried in adult court or juvenile court. 

 

     Review Hearings:  in some cases, the law or the court may set hearing to review your child’s progress and performance under supervision of the Probation Department.

 

     Restitution Hearing:  if the court so orders, you and your child may have to pay restitution to the victim.  Restitution is money paid to the victim for losses caused by your child’s illegal conduct.  Examples include lost wages, value of stolen and or damaged property and medical expenses.

Will I be required to pay my child’s fees?

Unless you were the victim of your child’s crime you may be held responsible for various fees, including your child’s attorney fees; Probation Department services fees and placement costs for keeping your child in a state placement such as the California Youth Authority, a Probation Camp, or an out-of-home placement. 

 
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