JUVENILE COURT CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19 (Effective June 1, 2020)
To all Juvenile Court litigants:
Please be advised of the following changes to the Juvenile Court process:
- All cases will be given a specific 30 minute time slot. You will find your court time on the paperwork notifying you of your court date. Please arrive 15 to 30 minutes before your court time, but not earlier. IF YOU ARE LATE OR DO NOT APPEAR, YOUR CASE MAY BE DELAYED UNTIL LATER IN THE DAY OR CONTINUED TO ANOTHER DAY. YOU COULD ALSO BE SUBJECT TO THE CASE BEING DISMISSED OR AN ARREST ORDER BEING ISSUED.
- When you come to court, please bring the paperwork you received notifying you of your court date, and have this paperwork available to show to the person checking you in.
- Only attorneys, litigants, and witnesses will be allowed in the Juvenile Court Building. Witnesses may be required to remain outside the building until they are needed in court.
- Pursuant to the Mayor’s Executive Order, you are required to wear a cloth face covering while in the Juvenile Court Building unless medically exempt. If you do not have one, the Juvenile Court will provide you with one (if available).
- Prior to entering the building, you are subject to screening procedures that may include a temperature check and questions related to COVID-19. Please do not bring unnecessary items with you to court.
We have made these changes in order to provide the community with the safest court environment possible. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
Judge Sheila D.J. Calloway
Davidson County Juvenile Court
Lonnell Matthews, Jr.
Juvenile Court Clerk
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.
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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..).