July 25, 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.

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)

Juvenile Traffic infraction cases are handled at the Adult Traffic Court, located at 2260 Floyd Avenue, in Department 20.  If you have questions regarding a juvenile traffic related infraction, you may contact the Juvenile Traffic Court at (209) 530-3100, option 1 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  You may also email the Traffic Court Clerk's office at Traffic.requests@stanct.org .  They can only assist you with traffic infraction case information.  For all other matters related to juveniles, please contact the Juvenile Court Clerk's Office.  

Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Dependency matters are both located at:  2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto, CA.  An additional courtroom is located at the Modesto Main Courthouse, at 800 11th Street, Modesto, CA, 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.  The clerks that process these cases are located at 2215 Blue Gum Avenue, Room 15, in Modesto CA.  The Clerk's office is located just beyond the probation department's reception window.  Office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except on holidays.

Delinquency proceedings are heard primarily in Department 17, and Dependency proceedings take place primarily in Department 10 and 18.  Most juvenile proceedings are confidential matters and are inaccessible to anyone other than the parties involved in the case. In order for the Court staff to be able to assist you with questions at the Juvenile Clerk's Office on Blue Gum Avenue, please make sure you have a photo identification with you when you appear in person to request the information.

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.  

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.  A valid photo identification (state ID, driver's license, passport, etc.) must be provided to the Court to confirm the identity of the requesting party.

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: July 22, 2021 9:03 AM