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local juvenile rules of court INTRODUCTION


These Local Rules are intended to supplement state statutes which are principally found in the Welfare and Institutions Code. In addition, they supplement the California Rules of Court relating to Juvenile Court matters (see CRC 5.500 et seq.).

Definitions: Juvenile Court refers to Juvenile Dependency Court and Juvenile Justice Court. For Juvenile Dependency Court, these Rules refer to those under the age of 18 as “minors” or “child/children” to distinguish them from the “non-minor dependents,” who are ages 18-21. Dependency Court Rules that refer to “youth” apply to minors (those ages 0 to 17) and non-minor dependents (those ages 18-21). For Juvenile Justice Court matters, the term “youth” refers to all those involved in Juvenile Justice Court, no matter their age. Where Juvenile Justice Rules apply to those under the age of 18, the term “minor” is used.

There are four sections to these Local Rules. The first includes general provisions which apply to all Juvenile Court matters. The second applies to Juvenile Dependency proceedings (W & I Code Section 300, et cetera). The third applies to Juvenile Justice proceedings. The fourth applies to the different relationships of Divisions of the Superior Court.

To the extent that any of these Rules conflicts with either state statute or Rule of Court, the Local Rule is of no legal effect. These Rules cover Juvenile Court law, but not Juvenile Traffic hearings or Traffic hearing appeals.

These Rules adopt the rules of construction and the severability clause in CRC 5.501(c) and (d).

(Effective 1/1/2022)


Juvenile Rules of Court: Summary - Intro - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
List of attached Juvenile local forms

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