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Juvenile Court

Honorable David J. Reader, Chief Judge of Livingston County Courts

Honorable Miriam A. Cavanaugh, Probate and Family Court Judge
 
John Evans, Circuit and Juvenile Court Administrator
 
Tanya Morrow, County Juvenile Officer


Juvenile Dockets Online

Link to State Juvenile Forms

The Juvenile Unit of the Family Division of the 44th Circuit Court has the responsibility of handling Child Protection and Juvenile Justice cases. The portion of Michigan Law giving authority to the Juvenile Court is the Juvenile Code.
 
Child Protection cases arise when a petition is filed, usually by the Department of Human Services  (DHS), alleging that there has been child neglect or abuse. The overall purpose is to assure the safety of children and prevent any further abuse or neglect, rather than to punish adults. The Child Protection area also handles Adoptions and processes youths' request for Emancipation of Minors.
 
Juvenile Justice cases arise when a petition is filed with the court. A petition is usually filed by the Prosecutor, alleging that one or more laws have been broken by a youth under age 17, which leads to a Juvenile Justice "Delinquency" case. In general, The court’s role is to support the current and future safety of the community by providing services to support the success of youth and their families in avoiding future system involvement.  Petitions are also filed related to Status Offenses such as when parents come to court regarding Incorrigibility or when the school district elects to bring issues related to Truancy to court. There are also requests for Personal Protection Against Minors. Finally, when a youth under age 17 receives a traffic ticket, there is a way to handle the ticket informally through Juvenile Court.