Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community
- Juvenile Court: an Introduction for Kids and Families
- Juvenile Court Terms Glossary and Acronym Guide - PDF
- Overview of the Juvenile Court
A description of the types of cases the juvenile court handles
- Utah's Juvenile Courts (brochure) | Los Tribunales de Menores de Utah
- Juvenile Court Judges
Biographies and photos of juvenile court judges
Watch Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video
- Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (English) - YouTube
- Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (Español) - YouTube
Watch Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies Video
- Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies - YouTube
- Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies (Español) - YouTube
Juvenile Court Websites
- A Child's Journey Through the Child Welfare System
- Time Requirements for Dependency, Abuse, and Neglect Cases
- Child Welfare Statutory Time Requirements Report - PDF
- Motion for a Copy of the Record of the Proceedings in a Child Welfare Matter - PDF
- Forms to request the court to order the Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) to remove a person's name from the Licensing Database. The Licensing Database lists people who have been found by DCFS to have committed severe abuse or neglect of a child - PDF | Word
Watch Navigating Your Child Welfare Case - A Guide for Parents
- A Guide for Parents Involved in the Utah Juvenile Court System (English) - YouTube
- Cómo actuar cuando se tiene un caso de bienestar de menores (Spanish subtitles) - YouTube
Child Welfare Appeals - Child Welfare cases include abuse, neglect and dependency proceedings, and termination of parental rights cases and adoptions. An appeal is a review by a higher court of a lower court's final judgment or decree. An appeal is not a new trial, and no new evidence will be accepted.
Child Welfare Mediation involves the use of a skilled and unbiased third party to assist families, agencies, and attorneys in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution regarding child welfare and placement issues.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - A CASA volunteer is an advocate for children under the court's jurisdiction for abuse, neglect or dependency. Children who otherwise would not have a voice in court benefit from talking to someone they can trust - someone they know is there to help them - a CASA. CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the court by gathering relevant information about the child and the family, and getting to know the child.
Parents are legally obligated to provide the basic needs for their children until they are eighteen. If a person under eighteen marries or joins the U.S. Armed Forces, parents are no longer responsible for supporting them or for making decisions for them.
Utah has an emancipation law (Utah Code §78A-6-801 et seq.) which allows a minor 16 years or older to ask the juvenile court to declare them emancipated. Emancipation gives a minor under eighteen the rights and responsibilities of an adult. Emancipation forms are available on the court's website.
A guardian ad litem is a lawyer appointed by the court to look after the interests of an infant, child or incompetent person during court proceedings. The guardian ad litem may represent children in custody actions where there are allegations of abuse or neglect, or in protective order proceedings. The guardian ad litem also represents children who are in foster care.
Guardianship of a minor gives a guardian the legal authority to make decisions regarding the minor.
- Use the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) to complete the papers to ask the court to establish guardianship of a minor.
- Read the laws about guardians of minors in the Utah Code: §75-5-201 to 75-5-212
- Watch a 3-part narrated presentation describing the guardianship of a minor process:
- Part 1: Guardianship of a Minor Basics (5.5 minutes)
- Part 2: District Court Procedures (8 minutes)
- Part 3: Responsibilities, Termination, and Modification (5 minutes)
Juvenile Justice Services provides an explanation illustrating the juvenile justice process.
- Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet - PDF
Problem-Solving Courts, including Adult Drug Courts; Adult Mental Health Courts; Juvenile Mental Health Court; Juvenile Family Dependency Drug Courts; Juvenile Drug Courts; and Veterans Drug Court are located throughout the state to provide programs specific to individual needs.