People who have a case in the juvenile division come in contact with many people. Those people include:
Social worker – The DCF Family Services caseworker works with children and families to work out the problems that brought them to court. They also gather information to assist the Court in making decisions about a case. In delinquency cases, they may supervise juvenile probation.
Police officers – work with the social worker and State's Attorney to investigate complaints.
Court security officers – make certain the courthouse is safe and that people treat each other respectfully.
Court staff & court officers – answer questions, notify you of the judge’s decisions, and help run the court.
Lawyer – Parents and children in these cases have a right to have a lawyer. If you can't afford a lawyer, the court will consider appointing one. Speak to the court staff.
Guardian ad Litem – A parent or a court appointed volunteer who looks out for the youth's best interest. In a delinquency proceeding, the child's parent often serves as the child's Guardian ad Litem.
State's Attorney (Prosecutor) – The prosecuting attorney who presents and proves the petition (allegations) to the court.
Judge – makes the decisions based on the facts and the law. (There are no jury trials in the juvenile division.)
Diversion Staff – Youth charged with a delinquent act may be referred to the Diversion Program which is an alternative to court.
The Guardian ad Litem, lawyers, or social worker may need to gather information from schools, clergy, counselors, etc. They must keep all information confidential.