Leading the Way

Nashville-Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway, the Juvenile Court Magistrates, and the employees of Juvenile Court welcome you. Together we are responsible for making sure that every child and parent who passes through our court is met with justice, fairness, and hope. As described by Tennessee Code Annotated Section 37-1-101, the purpose of juvenile court is: “To provide for the care, protection, and wholesome moral, mental and physical development of the children coming within its provisions.” Using evidence based programs and services, Nashville’s Juvenile Court and the youth and families it serves are LEADING THE WAY.

Juvenile Court News: Nashville judge trying new approach to curb juvenile crime

From WSMV – November 25, 2015, NASHVILLE, Tenn.

Starting in December, for the first time, if a child misses more than five days of school in Nashville, that child and his or her parents won’t have to come to court because court is coming to them.

That is just one change the juvenile courts have made. The idea is to fix Nashville’s ever-growing youth violence problem.

More than 30 young people in Nashville have died this year amid a recent surge in youth violence.

It’s proof, according to Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway, that something’s gotta give.

“We are all at that point where we’re looking and saying where we’ve got to do something better for our children and better for our teens so we can keep them successfully operating in our society,” she said.

That’s why Calloway is making changes, like creating youth courts in four of Metro’s high schools.

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The following are types of cases Juvenile Court hears that fall within the municipal boundary of Davidson County.

  • Status Offenses: acts that are against the law only for minors (drinking alcohol, using tobacco, curfew violation, skipping school, running away, being unruly, etc..).
  • Dependency, Neglect, Abuse: when the health or safety of a minor is seriously threatened or if there is a possibility of the minor leaving the jurisdiction to avoid a court date. A minor may only be taken away from his family if there is no other way to ensure their safety.[TN Code 37-1-101 (a)(3)]
  • Parentage, Visitation and Child Support: cases involving the parents of children, including custody hearings and court ordered child support.
  • Delinquency: acts that would be crimes if committed by adults (traffic violations, theft, assault, disorderly conduct, vandalism, etc..).