Hours of Operation: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday thru Friday

The Delaware County Juvenile Court has exclusive jurisdiction to hear all cases of juveniles issued a traffic citation in Delaware County as well as Juveniles who reside in Delaware County.

The Delaware County Juvenile Traffic Court handles cases involving persons who are under 18 years of age who are charged with offenses relating to the operation of motor vehicles, the use of state identification cards, and pedestrian safety. Initial appearances in Juvenile Traffic Court are heard by a judge or magistrate who sits in session Thursday mornings at 8:30 AM and 10 AM. Sessions are run in a group setting.

The Juvenile Court possesses fairly broad discretion regarding dispositional alternatives for juvenile traffic offenders. Traditional sanctions range from the imposition of fines and costs to court imposed license suspensions of various types. Generally speaking, unlike adult traffic court, in most cases, the Juvenile Court is not empowered with the authority to incarcerate traffic offenders.

In addition to those traditional sanctions, the Juvenile Court also refers many juveniles to educational programs. Programs such as CARTEENS and The Driving Improvement Program are utilized regularly by the court to educate, assess, and intervene when needed to address problems identified in young drivers.

CARTEENS is a program supported by this court and developed jointly by The Ohio State University Extension Office, local 4-H clubs, and the Ohio Highway Patrol. CARTEENS is a program wherein teenagers present their peers with information relating to driving safety in a group-meeting setting.

The Driving Improvement Program is an all-day class presented by the Bloom School of Driving Dynamix. This program is a unique driving school that provides drivers an opportunity to develop defensive driving and accident avoidance skills. This advanced driver training course is delivered by an instructor corps that includes retired Ohio State Highway Patrolmen and advanced driver training instructors. Registration without a referral from the juvenile court might exceed $300.00. If referred by the juvenile court is reduced significantly.

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