Juvenile Court Overview

Juvenile Justice Center

100 Woodland Street
Nashville, TN 37213
Phone: (615) 862-8000

Metro Student Attendance Center

945 Doctor Richard G. Adams Dr.
Nashville, TN 37207
Phone: (615) 862-MSAC (6722)

What to Expect When Coming to Court

If you are coming to Juvenile Court to conduct business, whether you are a child, parent, attorney, volunteer, etc., there are certain things you need to know to be prepared. Regular business hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your child from detention after hours, come through the front entrance and look for a call box on the right wall.

Cell phones must be turned off or on vibrate while in the courtrooms and preferably while in the building. Be respectful of noise levels as the open lobby layout can result in a loud atmosphere that can be disruptive to courtroom proceedings. Unless authorized, all persons must go through entrance screening each and every time they enter a building – click here for details. There is an information desk to your right after the security check. Also, there are dockets (lists of cases to be heard) posted to your left as you enter the building with time and place information.

Juvenile Court has full-time security personnel who are stationed at the main entrance of the Juvenile Justice Center. Our goal is to ensure the safety of Juvenile Court while facilitating your entry into the building.

Unless authorized, all persons must go through entrance screening each and every time they enter the building.

Court Entrance Screening Process

When entering the building, remove any metal items from your pockets and your person. This includes metal belt buckles, watches, cell phones, coins, or any other item that will not clear the metal detection equipment.

Place your personal property, including laptop, in a plastic bin or on the conveyor belt.

You may be asked to remove contents from your bag for security inspection. Please comply with all requests of the security officer.

If you have medical concerns, discuss them with the screening officer.

Proceed through the walk through metal detector.

If you trigger the detector’s alarm, you will be asked to remove any objects you may have missed and walk through the metal detector again.

The security officer may also use a hand wand and/or pat down procedure to detect any metal on your person.

No unauthorized objects will be allowed into the court building.

Security officers and court personnel are not allowed to hold any prohibited item for you. Should you bring any such item into the screening area, security personnel will require you to return the item to your car or throw it away via the security officer. All discarded property will be inventoried for destruction.

Prohibited Items

Items prohibited by Juvenile Court include, but are not limited to:

  • Guns
  • Explosives (law enforcement will be contacted)
  • Knives of any length
  • Sharp objects including fingernail files, tweezers, knitting, crochet needles & razor blades
  • Pepper spray
  • Tasers
  • Handcuff keys

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and security has full discretion when deciding what may or may not be brought into the courthouse.