Welcome

This site is designed to provide information to the general public about the purpose of the juvenile court, its basic structure, and programs. We cannot provide specific case information as Tennessee Code Annotated & Rules of Procedure provides for confidentiality in juvenile cases due to the sensitive nature of juvenile proceedings. The Davidson County Juvenile Court is a department within the Davidson County Metropolitan Government based in Nashville, TN that has jurisdiction over children under the age of eighteen (18). Unlike adult criminal courts which are criminal in nature, the juvenile court is a civil court. The reason for this difference is because juvenile court, rather than simply punishing kids, also exists to protect the community while rehabilitating young people charged with breaking the law.

The Juvenile Court has jurisdiction of the following types of cases: Parentage, Visitation and Child Support; Dependency, Neglect and Abuse; Status Offenses (would not be a crime if committed by an adult, such as Truancy and Unruly behavior); Delinquency, and some Miscellaneous charges. There is one elected Juvenile Court Judge: the Honorable Sophia Brown Crawford and seven Magistrates who hear these cases. There are also professional and support staff who manage the cases before the Court. Juvenile Detention is managed by G4S Youth Services,a private contracted agency. The Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office is housed in the Juvenile Justice Center but is a separate department within Metro Government.

Please review this site and if you need further information feel free to call us at 615.862-8000.

Highlights

  • Participate in work group with DCS and MPD regarding reduction in recidivism for youth returning home from DCS custody
  • Prepared pro se access to justice guidelines for pro se litigants
  • Encouraged our Magistrates’ work with TCCY as a representative on the statewide committee on overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile system for purposes of implementing recommendations regarding these issues.
  • Appointed to the Advisory Commission on Rules by the Supreme Court and attended meetings regarding changes to the Rules.
  • Established a panel through the chair of the Juvenile Court Committee of the Nashville Bar Association to improve procedures and quality of representation for cases requiring appointed legal counsel
  • Trained staff in the G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance, Education, and Training Program) and work with MNPS in training students.
  • Initiated Intensive Case Management with Child Support/Parentage Division – a pilot program for the State of Tennessee designed to increase child support collections from non-paying noncustodial parents.
  • Began process to implement a Parent Empowerment Program, an orientation for parents of youth on probation