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 2008 Report to the Presiding Judge
The plight of troubled children and the Juvenile Court has been a matter of interest to the local press and the community in recent years. Because of this interest, the Superior Court of Santa Clara County has posted a year-end report for 2008 of activities in Juvenile Justice Court prepared by the Presiding Judge of Juvenile Court, the Honorable Patrick Tondreau.