Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court focuses on two different types of cases that involve children under the age of 18 (minors). Juvenile Dependency matters involve cases related to the abuse and/or neglect of a minor, while Juvenile Delinquency matters involve violations of criminal laws by a minor. 
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Minors and the Law

Many types of cases involve children, not only juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency. Child custody and child support cases are addressed in the Family Law section of the website.
Guardianships are addressed in the Probate section, and name changes are addressed in the Self-Help section.

Inter-County Transfers:

Juvenile Dependency & Delinquency Transfer-in matters are heard at the Juvenile Justice Center                         
All departments are located at the 
Juvenile Justice Center
2500 Fairmont Drive, Suite C3013
San Leandro, CA 94578 

Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, excluding holidays
Transfer-In is heard Monday – Thursday at 1:30 p.m., Friday - 11:00 a.m.
To obtain a hearing date and time please call the Clerk’s Office: 510-618-1106




Juvenile cases are confidential and many proceedings are not open to the public. Juvenile records are confidential and can only be released to officers of the court, specific agencies, or by order of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court. Due to the confidentiality of juvenile records, information cannot be shared over the telephone.

Latest News

Prop 64: The Adult Use of Marijuana Act

Effective November 9, 2016, Proposition 64 (the Adult Use of Marijuana Act) legalizes specific personal use and cultivation of marijuana for adults 21 years of age and older.
Proposition 64 does not decriminalize marijuana-related offenses for minors, but it does amend existing statutes to provide that most marijuana-related offenses for minors are infractions.
In addition, Proposition 64 limits the penalties that can be imposed when a minor commits a marijuana-related offense to drug education or counseling and community service.

The Judicial Council of California is developing forms for Prop. 64-related applications including petitions and applications for:

  • dismissal and sealing,
  • resentencing (new dispositional order), and
  • redesignating specific marijuana-related offenses.

Juvenile COURT Location



Please visit the Court's dedicated COVID-19 webpage for detailed information regarding available court services. 



The Juvenile Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over:
  1. All delinquent minors (under 18 years old) wherein the minor is alleged to have committed an act which act would be criminal if s/he were an adult (Section 602 at seq. of the Welfare and Institutions Code);
  2. All minors who are alleged to have been neglected or abused by their parent or guardian, by either commission or omission (Section 300 et seq. Welfare and Institutions Code),
  3. All incorrigible minors, e.g., beyond the control of parents, chronic truants, runaways, disobedient to lawful parent rules, etc. (Section 601 Welfare and Institutions code).
  4. As a matter of law and judicial philosophy, our job in Juvenile Court is to protect the minor from him/herself and from others (both 300’s and 602’s) and protect the community from minors who pose a threat to the persons or property of others. Rehabilitation of the minor is another critically important component of our work. Rehabilitation remains the primary aim, even when the minor receives "therapeutic" detention.
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