Children in Juvenile Court have a constitutional right to a lawyer. If the child wants an attorney, but the family can't afford one, the Court will appoint one. Sometimes the Court appoints a lawyer even if one is not requested in order to protect the interests of the child. The child and his or her parents should discuss their need for a lawyer and make a decision.
Contact: Beverly White - (912) 652-6717
The Intake process begins when a citizen makes a complaint to the Juvenile Court involving an alleged delinquent or an alleged delinquent act or to be a Child in Need of Services (CHINS). The juvenile is either released to their parents or placed in the detention center pending a hearing. The complaint is assigned to a probation officer to conduct the intake and determine the appropriate course of action. A complaint may be handled in one of four ways:
Traffic Court Clerk - (912) 652-6720
The parent and child are required to view a video at the beginning of court. If you are late for the video, you will not be allowed in the court room and your case will be rescheduled. When the judge is on the bench, it is your responsibility to listen carefully to the instructions. The hearing is considered an arraignment hearing wherein the police officer is not required to be in attendance. If the child admits to an offense, we will likely dispose of the case during the hearing. If the child denies the charges, a new court date will be scheduled, and the police officer and all witnesses will be subpoenaed to attend the adjudicatory hearing.
If a child is accused of a traffic offense that has not been filed as a delinquent act, you have the right to be represented by an attorney hired at your own expense. You do not have the right to an appointed attorney at public expense. If you do not have an attorney, it is YOUR responsibility to notify the Court to request a subpoena. A subpoena is an Order by the Court demanding that a witness, document, or thing appear in Court.
Your child may be ordered to (1) attend a defensive driving class (6 hours); (2) attend the P.R.I.D.E. class ( free of charge - 2 hrs. and a parent is required to attend with the child ; or (3) order the child to pay a fine (4) perform all of the above.
The court accepts cash, money order or certified funds. No other forms of payment will be accepted.
If your child is ordered to attend the defensive driving class or to write an essay, you are required to return to court and show the original certificate of completion to the clerk's office. The essay should also be turned in at the Clerk's office. If your child is ordered to attend the P.R.I.D.E. class, the traffic clerk will receive the attendance list from Savannah Chatham Metro Police Department.
The Probation staff provides supervision to children found to be delinquent or a Child in Need of Services (CHINS). Probation Officers meet with the child at least once a month to determine their needs and ensure compliance with their probation. These meetings may take place at the child's school, home or at the Juvenile Court.
Probation Officers may impose additional sanctions if the child does not comply with the conditions of probation. If a child violates the conditions of probation or commits a new offense, the probation officer may file a complaint and bring the child before the judge for review.