Juvenile cases involve juvenile dependency and juvenile delinquency. Court employees are available to assist you, but are prohibited by law from giving legal advice. Only persons with a legal right to do so may receive information regarding juvenile cases, such as the juvenile's mother, father or legal guardian. Information regarding juvenile matters is confidential and cannot be given over the phone.

Contact Information:

  • Juvenile Justice Center
  • 11200 Ave 368, Room 201

  • Visalia
  • CA
  • 93291
  • Phone: 559-738-2300
    Fax: 559-713-3175
  • Transfer In Hearings
  • Dependency and Delinquency

  • 8:30 am
  • Monday thru Friday

  • Juvenile Traffic
  • 221 South Mooney Boulevard, Room 124
  • Visalia
  • CA
  • 93291
  • Phone: 559-730-5000

For services listed below, contact the Probation Youth Facility:

  • Juvenile Hall
  • Intake
  • Electronic Monitoring
  • Boot Camp

Agency Phone Fax
District Attorney (Victim Witness) 559-735-1473 559-713-3284
Public Defender 559-735-1435 559-713-3229
County Counsel 559-735-1505 559-713-3240
Child Welfare Services 559-735-1332 559-730-2710
Probation Youth Facility 559-735-1600 559-713-3043
District Attorney (Victim Witness) 559-735-1473 559-713-3284

A juvenile becomes a dependent of the juvenile court when the juvenile's home is deemed unfit because of neglect or abuse. For a general overview of this process, click here.

When a child has committed a criminal act, the child is deemed a delinquent and may be made a ward of the juvenile court. The court's jurisdiction is usually over youths under the age of 18 years and may extend until the youth's 21st birthday. In certain cases, the wardship may extend until the age of 25 years. For a general overview of this process, click here.

The Judicial Council/Administrative Office of the Courts' Center for Families, Children & the Courts was established to maximize the effectiveness of court services for children and families, to implement innovative court-related programs for them, and to promote those services in the legal community and to the public. Visit the Center's web site at:

For more general information about the juvenile court process, please consult the Judicial Council's informational brochures on juvenile delinquency and juvenile dependency. They are available free from or by calling the Publications Hotline at 800-900-5980.

The following is NOT appropriate dress for court appearances:

  • Shorts
  • Tank tops
  • Halters or bare midriffs
  • Mini-skirts
  • Hair curlers or hats
  • Bare feet
  • Clothing with emblems that condone illegal or inappropriate activity
  • Gang-related clothing

You will not be allowed in the courtroom unless you are appropriately dressed. Gum chewing is not permitted.

Penal Code 171(b) prohibits weapons in the building, including any firearms, deadly weapons, knives, tear gas, mace, tasers, stun guns, any instrument that expels a metallic projectile, or any spot marker or paint gun. If you refuse to submit to a search, you will be denied entry into the building.