LEADING THE WAY to PREVENT Problems, PROMOTE Positive Potential and PURSUE Fairness and Hope

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.

Committed to Best Practices

Davidson County Juvenile Court is committed to bringing our probation services in line with national best practices – click to read more

Forgiveness In The Criminal Justice System | Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway | TEDxNashville

Is it possible to have forgiveness in the Criminal Justice System? With a system of Restorative Justice, all of those who were harmed (victims, families, community) have an opportunity to collectively work with offenders to achieve both accountability and restoration moving everyone towards forgiveness.

Sheila Calloway, a native of Louisville, KY, came to Nashville, Tennessee in 1987 to attend Vanderbilt University. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 1991 and her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1994 both from Vanderbilt University. After graduating from law school, Sheila Calloway worked at the Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office in both the adult system as well as the juvenile system. In January 2004, she was appointed by Judge Betty Adams Green to the position of Juvenile Court Magistrate and served in that position until November 2013, when she announced her intention to run for the position of Juvenile Court Judge. She was elected Juvenile Court Judge in August 2014. She serves as an Adjunct Professor at Vanderbilt University where she teaches both in the Undergraduate and Law Schools.

FY18 Mayor’s Budget Discussions – Juvenile Court 03/15/17

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Opportunity NOW

Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative launched by Mayor Megan Barry to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment. In Nashville, we have seen fewer and fewer teenagers and young adults working during the summers and after-school. At the same time, Nashville employers across various industries are concerned about the lack of “soft” skills among their youngest employees—skills most readily learned through actual work experience.

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Astrophysicists, artists, celebrity chefs and clinical psychologists will be among the speakers at the eighth annual TEDxNashville. The two-day event, which will be held at TPAC Mar. 17-18, celebrates community building and “ideas worth spreading.”Radio personality Bobby Bones and chef/restaurateur Maneet Chauhan lead this year’s diverse lineup of speakers, who will explore the program’s 2017 theme, “Illuminate,” in their short presentations. Great ideas are ignited by a spark and the goal…is to bring that spark to the Nashville stage to illuminate the invisible,” said Chris Moise, president of TEDxNashville.

Other speakers include Tom Eastham, who spent more than 30 years with the United Space Alliance at the Kennedy Space Center,Davidson County Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway and Dr. James Crowe, the director of Vanderbilt’s Vaccine Center.

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PIP Panel Review: The Bridge 03/30/16

The Bridge 04/29/2016

Dear Judge Calloway,

On befhalf of Mayor Megan Barry and the entire review panel, I want to thank you for submitting The Bridge as a Public Investment Plan. Metro is fortunate to have team members like you who are dedicated to creating a more open, collaborative culture within every department. You are to be commended for your excellent work on this proposal!

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FY17 Mayor’s Budget Improvement Discussions: Juvenile Court and Juvenile Court Clerk

Jurisdiction

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..).