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

Nashville’s Efforts toward Restorative Justice and Community Engagement

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – On Tuesday, a delegation of local officials working in the criminal justice system will travel to Oakland, CA to visit with sujatha baliga, vice president and director of Impact Justice’s Restorative Justice Project. The delegation will include Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway, District Attorney General Glenn Funk, Public Defender Dawn Deaner, and Captain Gordon Howey of the Metro Nashville Police Department’s Youth Services Division, along with other staff.

The delegation will seek to learn more about best practices on implementing restorative justice programs that focus on constructive responses to wrongdoing that bring those who have harmed, their victims, and affected community members into processes that repair harms and rebuild relationships. Oakland has instituted a successful model of Restorative Justice that has decreased crime rates.

“I appreciate the dedication and commitment by the criminal justice officials in Davidson County to seek out solutions to making a more just and equitable system of restorative justice for our citizens,” said Mayor Megan Barry. “It will require all of Davidson County’s elected officials and Metro departments and agencies working together with the community, as well as with partners at the State and Federal level, to make positive and lasting changes.”

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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


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..).