The Orange County Juvenile Courthouse is located at the Lamoreaux Justice Center in the City of Orange. Juvenile court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you are reporting for a traffic citation, the juvenile traffic window is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Juvenile courtrooms are closed on the weekends and during court holidays.The address for the juvenile courthouse is:
341 The City Drive South
Orange, California 92868-3205
A public parking structure is located next to the courthouse on Dawn Way. There is an hourly charge to park your vehicle within this structure.
The Lamoreaux Justice center is a FULL SECURITY facility. All persons entering the building will be required to pass through a weapons screening device and have all hand-carried objects x-rayed.
Weapons of any type will not be permitted into the Justice Center. Items such as: knives, including pocket knives, scissors, corkscrews, mace, pepper spray, knitting needles, etc., which may be deemed potentially offensive and dangerous by the Sheriff’s Department will not be allowed in the building.
Juvenile delinquency court is a division of the Superior Court of Orange County. Juvenile delinquency proceedings involve children under the age of 18 (minor) alleged to have committed a delinquent act which would be considered a crime if committed by an adult. However, if the minor is over the age of 14 and the alleged delinquent act is a serious offense, such as murder or sex crime, the minor could be tried as an adult in adult criminal court. The authority of juvenile court is contained within the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC § 601-608).The law says the court has to protect the public and minors who are subject to juvenile proceedings. To ensure this, juvenile court judges have to consider the following:
The judge decides if the court will intervene in the minor’s future. If it does, the judge has to consider the appropriate course of action for the minor, and how to make the minor take responsibility for his or her actions. The court will then decide how to care for, treat, and guide the minor. This can include punishment so that the minor learns to obey the law.
The court wants the minor to learn to be positive member of his or her family and the community. Read more on Juvenile Delinquency Court within WIC § 202.
The juvenile dependency court is a court of law that focuses on the special needs of children and families. Juvenile dependency court hears cases involving children who have allegedly been abused, neglected, or inadequately cared for. The laws governing dependency court can be found within the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC § 300 et seq.).
Unlike delinquency or status offender proceedings (where the principal focus is on the conduct of the minor), dependency court proceedings are to ensure the safety and well-being of children. The law states that dependency court has an obligation to protect minors within its jurisdiction.
The court tries to keep children with their families and make the families stronger. However, if warranted, the court may place a child apart from the parent(s) for the sake of the child’s well being and safety.
If the court places a minor outside the home, the court will work with the family and the child to improve home conditions so that the child can move back home. This process is called "Family Reunification."
If the court places a child away from the family, the court will make sure that someone responsible has custody of the child. The court will take steps to ensure that the child gets the care and discipline they need to be safe and protected.
Dependency Drug Court is a family reunification program designed to address the issues of parents whose children have been removed from the home by the County because of the parents’ abuse of drugs or alcohol.
The goal of the program is to insure the safety and welfare of the children by helping the parents to address their substance abuse problems. Participants who are accepted into this program must comply with the specific requirements of each program phase, which include regular drug testing, individual and group counseling, frequent court appearances, and attendance in parenting or prenatal classes.
Juvenile drug court addresses the serious drug abuse issues of minors. The goal of the program is to support the minor’s commitment to sobriety by providing the treatment and supervision needed to promote abstinence from substance abuse and to deter criminal behavior. Minors who participate in the year-long program are required to attend frequent progress reviews with a judge, attend weekly self-help groups, participate in group, individual and family counseling, and follow the terms and conditions of probation.
The court’s Truancy Response Program targets chronically truant youth, with the goal of eliminating their school truancies and absences, reducing their risk of criminal delinquency, and increasing their chances of future academic success. The monitoring and accountability program involves the youth and their parents in a collaboration with the juvenile court, the Probation Department, the Department of Education, the District Attorney, the Public Defender, the Social Services Agency, the Health Care Agency, and the community-based Parent Empowerment Program.
Juvenile citations for traffic and/or minor offenses, including violations of municipal code ordinances, are issued by law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County. Although a minor may appear prior to the court date shown on the ticket, most minors appear on the court date indicated on the citation.
Traffic or minor offenses can result in reprimands, special projects, fines, traffic school, volunteer community service, or the citation may be referred to the Probation Department so that the minor’s case may be handled under delinquency proceedings. The minor and a parent or guardian should appear at the appropriate justice center as instructed on the citation.
For more information on how to obtain juvenile court records, please visit the Juvenile Records / Copy Requests public web page.
- Juvenile Dependency Website (Educational Video) (English & Spanish)