The Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court deals with cases that
involve children under 18 years old. The two types of courts within the
Juvenile Division are:
Dependency Court cases involve the protection of children that have been or are
at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned. The Department of Children
and Family Services investigates allegations and is the petitioner on cases
filed in the Dependency Court.
Delinquency Court cases involve children who may have committed a delinquent act
that would be criminal if committed by an adult. Other reasons for a
Delinquency case can include habitual disobedience, truancy or a child being
beyond the control of a parent.
April 1, 2013:
Effective April 1, 2013, for non-detained petitions and May 1, 2013, for detained petitions, new cases previously intended for filing at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center will be filed the Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse, the Compton Courthouse, the Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse, the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, or the Long Beach Courthouse, depending on the citing law enforcement agency.
Beginning April 1, 2013, and pursuant to LASC Local Rule 2.3(b)(5), all existing juvenile delinquency cases filed at the Kenyon Juvenile Justice Center with continuance dates set after June 3, 2013, will be ordered reassigned to juvenile delinquency bench officers at the Los Padrinos Juvenile Courthouse, the Compton Courthouse, the Inglewood Juvenile Courthouse, the Eastlake Juvenile Courthouse, or the Long Beach Courthouse, depending on the citing law enforcement agency. Alternatively, cases may be reassigned in a manner that poses the least inconvenience to families and conforms to promoting the ends of justice. Individual transfer notices for each reassigned case will be delivered or sent to all interested parties.