October 15, 2021

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Juvenile

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.

Phone:  209-530-3100
Location:  2215 Blue Gum Ave., Rm #15
Modesto, CA 95358
Hours: M - F, 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

There are three types of hearings processed under the juvenile law title, they are:

  1. Dependency cases (cases involving allegations of abuse or neglect)
  2. Delinquency cases (cases involving youth who have committed law violations or school absence-related issues)
  3. Juvenile Traffic matters (infractions) - Please visit the traffic page for more information about juvenile traffic matters.

The clerk's office and Departments 17 (Delinquency) and 18 (Dependency) are located at the Blue Gum Avenue location.  An additional courtroom is located at the Modesto Main Courthouse in Department 10.    Most juvenile court related information must be requested in person, and is limited to those persons who are allowed access to that information by law.

Most juvenile proceedings are confidential matters and are inaccessible to anyone other than the parties involved in the case.  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.  You must present photographic identification when requesting information or copies of records from the clerk's office.

A juvenile record is not sealed automatically. Persons interested in sealing their juvenile record must contact the Juvenile Probation Department at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue for information.  The Probation Department will file paperwork with the Court, on the person's behalf, to request that the record be sealed.  If the record is ordered to be sealed, notice will be sent to all agencies to seal all records.  

The statutory law that governs juvenile matters are covered in Sections 300 (Dependency) and 601/602 (Delinquency) of the Welfare and Institution Codes.  For additional information, please see the Judicial Council's self-help website that offers information for families, parents, children, care-givers, etc.  https://www.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp-family.htm .  This site offers information regarding the process, forms, options, and videos on a wide range of subjects incuding juvenile delinquency, juvenile dependency, non-minor dependency, how cases begin, and what options are available to those persons involved with the juvenile court sytem. 

THE INFORMATION POSTED ON THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO CONSTITUTE LEGAL ADVICE OR TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE ASSISTANCE OF COMPETENT LEGAL COUNSEL. YOU SHOULD SPEAK TO AN ATTORNEY OF YOUR CHOICE FOR SPECIFIC INFORMATION ABOUT THE FACTS OF YOUR CASE AND YOUR RIGHTS

Last updated: September 13, 2021 3:59 PM