Cases We Handle

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court handles cases involving:
  • Abandonment of children
  • Adults accused of child abuse or neglect, or of offenses against members of their own family (juvenile or adult)
  • Adults involved in disputes concerning the support, visitation, parentage or custody of a child
  • Children in need of services
  • Children in need of supervision
  • Children who have been subjected to abuse or neglect
  • Court consent for certain medical treatments
  • Court-ordered rehabilitation services
  • Family or household members who have been subjected to abuse
  • Foster care and entrustment agreements
  • Juvenile Delinquents
  • Juveniles accused of traffic violations

Commonly Requested Actions


The following is a list of the most commonly requested actions with the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court and where to file for those actions:
  • Criminal warrants (Adult defendant) - File with the Magistrate at the Regional Jail
  • Initial petition for custody/visitation - File at the Court Service Unit
  • Initial petition for family abuse protective order - File at the Court Service Unit
  • Initial petition for support - File at the Court Service Unit Or DCSE
  • Motion for Show Cause (failing to comply with a court order) - File at the Clerks Office
  • Motion to amend current Order (custody/visitation/support) - File at the Clerk's Office
  • Petition for delinquency (juvenile defendant), Emancipation, Child in Need of Services, Child in Need of Supervision, and Paternity - File at the Court Service Unit
  • Registration of Foreign Custody/Visitation/Support Order - File at the Clerks Office
  • Request for records (Subpoena Duces Tecum) - File at the Clerk's Office
  • Request for witness subpoena - File at the Clerk's Office