Guardian ad Litem RFP
The Court is seeking applications for Guardian Ad Litem (GAL), to provide assistance to a parent who is mentally ill or incompetent in Juvenile Dependency Court. For more information see our RFP page.
Other Types of Cases Involving Children
Children involved in name changes, guardianships, or adoptions (where there is no Dependency case) are served in Probate Court, which is addressed on our Probate Self-Help pages.
Children involved in divorce cases, or child custody or child support issues are served in Family Court, which is addressed on our Family Self-Help pages.
The Juvenile Courts handle cases of children under 18 years of age who violate any law, or any children who are abused or neglected.
The Superior Court of Santa Clara County provides detailed information for both these kinds of cases on our Self-Help pages:
- If a child is accused of a crime, the case goes to Juvenile Justice, which is the Juvenile Justice Courthouse on Guadalupe Parkway in San Jose.
- If a parent or guardian is accused of abusing or neglecting a child, the case goes to Juvenile Dependency, which is in the Terraine Courthouse on Terraine Street in San Jose.
Juvenile Justice Court Annual Report to the Presiding Judge
Click to open the 2012 Report of the Supervising Judge
The Judges of the Juvenile Court would like to acknowledge at the outset that this report and the many accomplishments reflected would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of all of our juvenile justice partners. As in previous years, the accomplishments documented here are a result of the extensive collaboration and many meetings necessitated by the goals that we set for ourselves.
Although this report addresses the activities of the Juvenile Court, the Court would once again like to acknowledge at the outset the many noteworthy achievements of the Santa Clara County Probation Department. These achievements continue to reflect the adoption of best practices that not only provide additional tools, perspectives, and programs, but help move us forward on issues and projects the Court is addressing.