The juvenile and domestic relations district court hears all matters, such as criminal or traffic matters, involving juveniles. Juvenile delinquency cases are cases involving a minor under the age of 18 who has been accused of committing an offense that would be considered criminal if committed by an adult. Other juvenile offenses may be referred to as status offenses. Status offenses are those acts that are unlawful only because they are committed by a minor.
In addition, this court handles other matters involving the family such as:
- support/non-support cases
- placement of children
- family abuse cases
- cases where adults have been accused of child abuse or neglect
- protective orders
- criminal cases where the defendant and alleged victim are family or household members