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Juvenile Court Services

Youth are different than adults, which is why there is a separate court for hearing their cases. Our judges use a range of legal options to balance community safety with the needs of youth and their families. We want to help youth build skills and have the support to not return to the legal system.

About Juvenile Court

If you are younger than 18 years old and accused of committing an “offense" (breaking a law) King County Juvenile Court hears your case. We use a trauma-informed approach with a focus on individual’s needs throughout the court process.

Learn more about Juvenile Court.

Commonly used Juvenile Court forms

We have put all the documents you may need before, during and after the process in one place.

Download and fill out commonly used forms for Juvenile Court.

Programs and services for youth and their families

Commercially Sexually Exploited Children (CSEC) program

Learn about our survivor-centered program addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children.

Community Supervision (probation)

How we help youth fulfill court-ordered obligations and prevent their return to the justice system.

Diversion and Partnership for Youth Justice (PYJ)

Diversion keeps youth out of the formal court process so they can avoid a criminal record. Learn more about the program and find volunteer opportunities with Diversion Community Accountability Boards.

Education Employment Training (EET)

Our program for court-involved youth to achieve educational and employment success. Volunteer to help these youth explore career options.

Support for families experiencing violence     

Services and resources for families experiencing violence from a youth family member. 


Apply to be part of the next generation of court leaders and youth workers

Juvenile Justice Assessment Team (JJAT)

A team devoted to working with youth in the court system to assess how we can best help with their mental health or substance abuse needs.


Mentors are local providers who want to make a positive difference in a young person's life.

The Justice Bobbe J. Bridge Resource Center

The Resource Center helps ensure youth and families have access to information, programs, and opportunities that support their needs and goals.

Youth and family resources 

Find many types of services in our community, including wellness, counseling, housing support, financial help, parenting assistance, and more.

Youth skills training and family interventions

Evidence-based programs that help court-involved youth and families build skills, work through challenges, and get therapeutic support. A Juvenile Probation Counselor (JPC) decides if these programs are a good fit.

Juvenile Detention

Contacting a youth in detention

How to contact or visit youth in detention at the Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center.

Detention intake criteria

Learn more about the reasons youth can be detained.