Delinquency proceedings involve most persons under the age of 18 who have been alleged to have committed a violation of a law or statute. Juvenile Court's jurisdiction over minor children is described in Welfare and Institutions Code Section 602 and 601. If allegations in the petition are found to be true and the minor is declared a ward of the court, the minor may be placed on probation with certain terms to follow, or be removed from the home and placed in Juvenile Hall, a placement or group home, or the Department of Juvenile Justice or state prison.
All misdemeanor citations involving minors pursuant to Welfare and Institutions Code 256 will be cited into and heard at the San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation Department located at 150 West 5th Street, San Bernardino, CA 92415. You must read your citation carefully and follow the instructions.
Juvenile Traffic Citations
All traffic and non-traffic infractions involving minors are heard in Adult Traffic Courts.
Entering the System
If you or someone in your family will need to appear in Juvenile Delinquency Court, here is some basic information to prepare you for what comes next.
Information for Parents
As a parent (or guardian), you have legal responsibilities. You may also have financial responsibilities for any damage caused by your child.
Forms/Copy and Record Search
Access forms used in Juvenile Court and find out more about the process for obtaining juvenile court records.
The circumstances of a delinquency case will determine when and which type of hearing will take place.
Rights and Roles of Victims
As a victim of crime, you have rights, including participation in the court process.
Delinquency Court FAQs
Find answers to the most common questions concerning juvenile delinquency cases.
Juvenile Drug Court
Juvenile drug court addresses the serious drug abuse issues of minors. The goal of the program is to support the minor’s commitment to sobriety through treatment and supervision.
The San Bernardino County Juvenile Probation Department works toward goals of maintaining an effective balance between the enforcement of laws and court orders and the treatment of the causes of delinquency and criminal conduct.