Welcome to the Juvenile Division of The Superior Court of California, County of Stanislaus. This division is responsible for handling Court related matters for individuals under the age of 18.
There are three types of hearings processed under the juvenile law title, they are:
- Dependency cases (cases involving allegations of abuse or neglect),
- Delinquency cases (cases involving youth who have committed law violations).
- Juvenile Traffic matters.
Juvenile Traffic cases are handled at the Adult Traffic Court, located at 2260 Floyd Avenue, in Department 20. Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Dependency matters are both located at: 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA. Delinquency proceedings are heard in Department 17 and Dependency proceedings take place in Department 18. The clerks that process these cases are located in Room 15 at the Blue Gum address.
Most juvenile proceedings are confidential matters and are inaccessible to anyone other than the parties involved in the case. A juvenile record is not sealed automatically. To have a juvenile record sealed, the defendant on the case may petition the Court through the Juvenile Probation Department requesting that their juvenile record be sealed. Juvenile records are retained by the Court for approximately 20 years after a minor reaches age 18. An individual may petition the Court for a copy of their Juvenile Court record at any time during that 20 year retention period.
The statutory law that governs juvenile matters are covered in Sections 300 (Dependency) and 602 (Delinquency) of the Welfare and Institution Codes.
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