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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR JUVENILE COURT

What is the Address and telephone number of the court?

When is my next court date?

I missed my court date? What do I do next?

How do I regain custody of my child after my case has been closed?

How do I give up custody of a child that is in my care if I am not involved in the Dependency system?

How do I give up custody of a child that is in my care if I am involved in the Dependency system?

How do I seal/expunge my record?

How can I become an emancipated minor?

Where can I find services for my troubled child/teen?

Can I see The Judge before My Hearing?

I received a summons/pick up order.  How can I quash my pick up order?

How do I file for Chapter 397 Marchman Act?

Can I hire a private attorney?
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Who is my Juvenile Probation officer?

Who is to be contacted to enforce child support?

What is JASS?

Who can I speak with to refer my case back to court and not participate in a diversion program such as JASS?

Who is my attorney?

I want to change the name on my child’s birth certificate.  How do I go about doing this?

My Child was arrested and is being detained.  How can I see him/her?

I cannot make my court date – who do I contact? 

I do not know how to get to the courthouse?
 
I received a summons, but do not know what courtroom I am to go to, who do I ask?
 
How long do court hearings last?
 
What should I bring to my court hearing?
 
I have had to take time off work and take my son/daughter out from school to go to the court hearing.  How can I prove to work that I was here?
 
I have special needs, how do I contact disability services? 

How many times will I need to go back to court? 

I have small children and a baby, is there a place for them to play or should I bring something?

My son/daughter has a court hearing and they are refusing to go.  What do I do? 
  

What is the Address and telephone number of the court?
The Children’s Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center is located at 3300 NW 27th Avenue, Miami, FL  33142.  The Administrative Office of the Courts - Juvenile Court Operations telephone number is 305-638-6102.  Normal hours of operations are from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Friday, with the exception of holidays. 

When is my next court date?
For information on your next court date contact the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts-Juvenile Division at 305-638-6227.  You will need to provide the court case number and the Clerk of the Court will be able to inform you of the next court date.

I missed my court date? What do I do next?
If you have an attorney, contact your attorney to find out what occurred in court on that hearing date. If you do not have an attorney, contact the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts-Juvenile Division at 305-638-6227.  They will provide you the next court date.

How do I regain custody of my child after my case has been closed?
You may write a one page letter to the Court division Judge and explain why you should be reunified with your child(ren).  Along with your letter, provide any documentation you might have to verify completion of services that had been ordered on your case plan.  Make sure to include the Dependency case number, your current home address, and your telephone number.  The Court will review your request and respond within 7 days of receiving the letter and attached information.

How do I give up custody of a child that is in my care if I am not involved in the Dependency system?
Contact Family Court Services at 305-349-5508

How do I give up custody of a child that is in my care if I am involved in the Dependency system?
Contact immediately the Full Case Management Agency assigned to the Dependency case. If the child’s Dependency case has been closed, contact the Department of Children and Families Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2872.

How do I seal/expunge my record?
Contact the Clerk of Courts Office- Juvenile Division at 305-638-6227.  You may also visit them at Room 1000 in the Children’s Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center where they will provide the necessary paper work and procedures.  If you need assistance with this process, you can contact the Public Defender’s Office at 305-638-6241.  

How can I become an emancipated minor?
Contact the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts at 305-275-1155 and press 2 (two) for Family Court Information. The minor must be 16 or 17 years of age, gainfully employed and self supporting.  The minor must also prepare all the paperwork required. 

Where can I find services for my troubled child/teen?
You can contact 211 Children's Trust Helpline TTY: (305) 644-9449 Or Switchboard Helpline (305) 358-HELP (305) 644-9449 (TTY) Or Miami Bridge at 305-636-3526 - Staff counselors will set up an appointment and meet with you to discuss issues and concerns, and provide recommendations.

Can I see The Judge before My Hearing?
Due to court rules and regulations, you can only meet with the Judge in court at the time of a scheduled hearing.  If you need to schedule a hearing on an earlier date, you can contact your attorney or the Clerks of the Court.

I received a summons/pick up order.  How can I quash my pick up order?
Contact AOC Juvenile Operations at 305-638-6102 immediately and prior to 11:00 a.m. on the day you receive the summons.  Our office will place your case on the 1:30 p.m. calendar that day to quash pick-up order. 

How do I file for Chapter 397 Marchman Act?
Juvenile Marchman Acts are filed through the Miami-Dade County Clerk of Courts Office-Juvenile Division, 305-638-6227.  To obtain the required paper work, visit the Clerks Office at the Children’s Courthouse and Juvenile Justice Center, Room 1136.

Can I hire a private attorney?
Yes.

Who is my Juvenile Probation officer?
The Department of Juvenile Justice - Juvenile Probation Office ,305-637-2911, can provide you with the name and contact information of the Probation Officer assigned to your case.

Who is to be contacted to enforce child support?
Contact the State Attorney’s Office Child Support Enforcement Office at 305-530-2600.

What is JASS?
JASS stands for Juvenile Alternative Sanctions Service. It is a diversion program that provides prevention services to non-violent misdemeanor offenders. If you would like more info on this program, contact the Juvenile State Attorney Office at 305-638-7500.

Who can I speak with to refer my case back to court and not participate in a diversion program such as JASS?
Contact the State Attorney’s Office at 305-636-7500, as they will be able to place the case on calendar.

Who is my attorney?
Delinquency Cases:  
Contact the Public Defender’s Office at 305-638-6241 and they will be able to inform you of the Assistant Public Defender assigned to your case. If you do not know if you have a Public Defender, contact the Clerk of Courts Office at 305-638-6227 and they will be able to provide you with the name of the attorney assigned to your case.

Dependency Cases:

Contact the Clerk of Courts Office at 305-638-6227.

I want to change the name on my child’s birth certificate.  How do I go about doing this?
For information and assistance regarding all name changes, contact Family Court Self-Help Program at 305-349-7800

My Child was arrested and is being detained.  How can I see him/her?
Contact the Miami Dade County Regional Juvenile Detention Center at 305-637-4500.

I cannot make my court date – who do I contact? 
Your attorney is best able to assist you.  However if you do not have your attorney’s name you can contact the Clerks of the Court.

I do not know how to get to the courthouse?
CHILDREN'S COURTHOUSE AND JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER

I received a summons, but do not know what courtroom I am to go to, who do I ask?
There is an information booth located on the first floor of the courthouse; they can assist you in locating the courtroom.

How long do court hearings last?
It depends on type of court hearing and if all parties are present.  You can confer with your attorney.   

What should I bring to my court hearing?
Any supporting documentation that relates to your case that you think may be helpful.

I have had to take time off work and take my son/daughter out from school to go to the court hearing.  How can I prove to work that I was here?
You can inquire with the court and the Judicial Assistant can help with a letter.

I have special needs, how do I contact disability services?
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How many times will I need to go back to court? 
This varies; please consult with your attorney.

I have small children and a baby, is there a place for them to play or should I bring something?
There are play areas on both sides of the courthouse. However, we would encourage your bringing toys/books for your child(ren) to keep them entertained while they wait for court hearing. There are Koala stations located in the public restrooms.


My son/daughter has a court hearing and they are refusing to go.  What do I do? 
Notify the youths case worker and/or attorney.
 
 

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