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Juvenile Court

Types of Cases Handled in Juvenile Court

  • Dependency
  • Delinquency
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Emancipation
  • Expunction
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Juvenile Calendar of Court Proceedings

 

Dependency

Dependency petitions involve a person who is under 18 years of age. Situations in which a dependency petition may be filed, include a child:

  • Who is beyond the control of his/her parents.
  • Who is dependent for care and support on a public or private child caring agency
  • Whose parents have abandoned, neglected, or abused the child, or
  • Who has run away from home. Any person may file a petition in the juvenile court alleging that a child is within the jurisdiction of the court, although petitions are usually filed by the Agency (Department of Human Services - Child Welfare). The Agency Hotline number for Washington County is 503.681.6917

Contact the Court at 503.846.4701

 

Delinquency

The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction in most cases involving a youth who is under 18 years of age and who has committed an act which is a violation of a law or ordinance. The District Attorney (DA), Attorney General (AG), Juvenile Department (JD), or Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) may file a petition in the juvenile court alleging that a youth is within the jurisdiction of the court. Contact the Court at 503.846.4753

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Termination of Parental Rights

The purpose of this proceeding is the extinguishment of all legal ties between a parent and a child. Parental rights may be terminated by consent of the parents or involuntarily by order of the court. The rights of one parent may be terminated without affecting the rights of the other parent. Petitions are usually filed by the Attorney General’s or District Attorney’s office on behalf of children who have been committed to the Department of Human Services - Child Welfare. Contact the Court at 503.846.4701

 

Emancipation

This is the process by which a juvenile 16 to 18 years of age, can obtain most of the rights and responsibilities of an adult, including the ability to contract, loan, and work for adult wages. The Juvenile Department in Washington County will assist a juvenile with filing an emancipation. Emancipation applications are available at the reception desk, Juvenile Services Building, 222 N 1st Street, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Contact the Court at 503.846.4753

 

Expunction

Upon application of either a person who is the subject of record, a juvenile department, or upon its own motion, the juvenile court can order expunction of all or any part of a juvenile’s record if the juvenile meets statutory qualifications and there is no objection filed. Once the expunction is ordered, the party may assert that the record or contact never existed or occurred. Expunction applications are available at the reception desk, Juvenile Services Building, 222 N 1st Street, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Contact the Court at 503.846.4753

 

Juvenile Drug Court

MIP/Violations - Keys to Success Program, Juvenile Services Building, 222 N 1st Street, Hillsboro, OR 97124. Contact the Court at 503.846.4753

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