Leading the Way

Nashville-Davidson County’s Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway, the seven Juvenile Court Magistrates, and the 127 employees of the Juvenile Court welcome you. Together we are responsible for making sure that every child and parent that pass through our court are met with justice, fairness, and hope. As described by Tennessee Law, the purpose of the 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 Positive Youth Development (PYD) services, Nashville’s Juvenile Court and the youth and families it serves are LEADING THE WAY.


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

  • Status Offenses: acts that are against the law only for minors (drinking alcohol, using tobacco, curfewviolation, 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).

Learn About Judge Calloway

After graduating from Vanderbilt 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. Read More...