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Delinquency

The Juvenile Courts in Florida have jurisdiction over criminal felonies and misdemeanor cases for defendants under the age of nineteen (19).

Dependency

The Juvenile Courts in Florida have jurisdiction over all dependency matters for juveniles up to the age of eighteen (18) years of age.

CINS/FINS

The Juvenile Courts in Florida also have jurisdiction over CINS/FINS, Children and Families-in-Need-of-Services. This is for families and their child(ren) who do not have a delinquency or a dependency case open. Local programs help families find ways to reduce or stop their children from running away, skipping school and disobeying through screening and assessment, planning for improvement, and counseling. For help from the CINS/FINS program contact the following (available for all counties within the 2nd Judicial Circuit):

  1. Capital City Youth Services
    Kevin Priest, Executive Director
    2407 Roberts Avenue
    Tallahassee, Florida 32310
    850.576.6000, ext. 311
    Fax 850.576.2580
    Email
  2. Someplace Else Youth Shelter
    Kevin Winship, Program Services Director
    2407 Roberts Avenue
    Tallahassee, Florida 32310
    850.576.6000, ext. 314
    Fax 850.576.2580
    Email

For additional information: see the web site http://www.djj.state.fl.us/Prevention/CINSFINS.html

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Delinquency Diversion

  1. Juvenile Drug Court: The Juvenile Drug Court Program is the most intensive outpatient option available to youth who are arrested and have been determined to have substance abuse issues. The parent/guardian and the youth have the option of consulting with the Public Defender's designated attorney to explore other legal options before accepting Juvenile Drug Court as part of their sentence. These services are available in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties. For more information please contact:
    Martha Sheetz, M.Ed.
    Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator
    850.574.6695
  2. Teen Court: Teen Court is one of the most utilized diversion programs in Leon County. According to recent statistics, of those juveniles who are offered a non-judicial diversion program, the State Attorney has referred 45% to Teen Court.
    Teen Court is effective. Offenders who complete the Teen Court program are less likely to re-offend than those who are processed through traditional methods.
  3. Intensive Delinquency Diversion Services Program: The (IDDS) program in Circuit 2 (Leon, Gadsden, Franklin, Liberty, Wakulla and Jefferson counties) is designed to provide services to a specific population of juvenile offenders who, after assessment of risks and needs, appear to be at risk of becoming serious and chronic offenders. Those offenders who demonstrate the high risk factors, such as, first offense occurring at or prior to age fifteen (15), poor school performance and truancy, lack of parental supervision, substance abuse problems and gang affiliation are most likely to become chronic offenders if intervention is not received at an early stage. The IDDS program provides more intensive supervision and services than any other diversionary program. Some of the sanctions/services the IDDS program may assign and monitor include; community service hours, restitution, supervision, urinalysis testing, curfews, counseling (individual, family, group), educational training, vocational training, and anger management classes. The average length of stay in an IDDS program is five (5) to seven (7) months.
    For more information please call 850.414.7966

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Restitution and Cost Recovery

Project Payback: funded by McKenzie Market; developed, implemented and fiscally managed by the White Foundation at $0.00 administration costs. In cooperative effort with the Leon County Clerk of Court and utilized by DJJ, Amikids and other agenices that monitor youth who owe restitution.

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Juvenile Resource Agencies

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Juvenile Court Resource Center

The Court Resource Center for the Second Judicial Circuit is a Judicial Branch resource that provides enhanced court services for the entire community, including attorneys, pro se litigants, and the general public. The purpose is to establish a comfortable environment to work, to conduct legal research, and to distribute general court information. The Center is maintained by Deborah Shaw and located in the Leon County Courthouse
301 S. Monroe St
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Phone: 850.606.4445

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Court Contacts

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