The Youth Court is a division of the County Court and deals with persons under age 18 who fall under the following categories: Delinquent Child, Child in Need of Supervision or Neglected and/or Abused Child.
A delinquent child is defined as a child between the ages of 10-17 years who has committed a delinquent act. These are defined as acts, which if committed by an adult, would be designated as a crime under state or federal law, or municipal or county ordinance other than offenses punishable by life imprisonment or death.
A child who has reached his seventh birthday and is in need of treatment or rehabilitation because the child:
A child whose parent, guardian or custodian or any person responsible for his care or support, whether legally obligated to do so or not, has caused or allowed to be caused upon said child sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, emotional abuse, mental injury, non-accidental physical injury or other maltreatment. Provided, however, that physical discipline, including spanking, performed on a child by a parent, guardian or custodian in a reasonable manner shall not be deemed abuse under this section.
A child with any mental or physical illness that cannot be treated with the dispositional alternatives ordinarily available to the youth court.
Monday - Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
The Youth Court Public Defender represents minors from indigent (as determined by the YC) families who are charged with delinquent acts. State law requires each child have his/her own attorney in all formal court proceedings.
The public is excluded from Youth Court, the proceedings are civil, and the court has a wide range of possible options in dealing with those youth who enter its doors. Appeals are to the Supreme Court.
Jackson County Youth Court has numerous programs aimed at helping families and children of Jackson County. Programs include but are not limited to Jackson County Juvenile Drug Court and Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Program.
Like the Justice, Municipal, and County Courts, the Family and Youth Courts are of limited jurisdiction, but all are busy, vital to the justice system, and in need of cooperation and support of all officials and branches of government.