The Juvenile Department and the Juvenile Court understand that kids make mistakes. The brain function of youth between 12 and 17 years of age is not totally developed. The Juvenile Law was created in part for these very reasons. Taking these factors into consideration, Juvenile Court, while holding youth responsible and accountable, does not necessarily “hammer” kids. The Juvenile Department and Court work together with families, partners and agencies to assist kids in finding the necessary resources that can assist in directing them towards the future that fits their goals. Each kid is an individual with individual needs and individual thoughts that need to be respected.
VALUES AND PRINCIPALS
- Public Safety: Responsible to the community by providing an appropriate response to behavior that endangers others or their property.
- Accountability: Committed to holding youth accountable for their actions to their victims and to the community and help youth to understand and develop better ways of thinking.
- Services & Resources: Assists with the help of community partners to work with the youth in areas of concern-such as school-and to bring the necessary services and resources to the family.
Delinquency Procedures: The Gilliam County Juvenile Department provide sanctions and services to youth ages 12-17 that are referred for law violations by law enforcement agencies. The process includes information sharing with the family, appointment of legal counsel, preparing for the Juvenile Court Judge, facilitating Juvenile Court, preparing legal documents, and working with the youth and family during the probation period.
Dependency Procedures: The Juvenile Department is responsible for the facilitation of the Juvenile Court processes pertaining to child abuse and neglect cases brought forward by the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. This process includes, appointment of legal counsel, preparing for the Juvenile Court Judge, facilitating Juvenile Court, preparing legal documents and working closely with the Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division and the attorneys.