The Juvenile Court is a division of the Coweta County Superior Court. It is made up of several types of proceedings such as: deprivation, delinquency, status offenses, and traffic/minor offenses.
- Juvenile Deprivation proceedings involve the protection of children who have been or are at risk of being abused, neglected, or abandoned.
- Juvenile Delinquency proceedings involve children under the age of 17 alleged to have committed a delinquent act which would be a crime if committed by an adult.
- Status Offender proceedings involve minors who habitually refuse to obey the reasonable and proper orders or directions of their parents, guardian, or custodian, or who are beyond the control of that person. Typical status offenses are curfew and truancy (failure to attend school).
- Juvenile Traffic hears traffic and other minor offenses such as loitering, vandalism, unlicensed driver, trespassing, etc.
The Court's Authority
The Juvenile Court has broad authority in juvenile delinquency and deprivation cases. The Court can remove children from their homes, order their placement with relatives or in foster care or group homes, terminate parental rights and join various agencies to provide needed services. In delinquency cases, the Court can also order children to be confined in locked facilities, such as detention halls and the Department of Juvenile Justice: http://www.djj.state.ga.us/.
Division of Family and Children Services
The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is responsible for welfare and employment support, protecting children, foster care and other services to strengthen families. Their website and contact information can be found here: http://dfcs.dhs.georgia.gov/coweta-county-dfcs-office.
Juvenile Court Confidentiality
Juvenile records are confidential. The minor, his or her parents or legal guardian(s), and attorneys of record may obtain copies of court orders and selected court documents by appearing at the juvenile records counter with photo identification. The records will not be mailed.