November 15, 2019
Juvenile
We coordinate the filing of documents and calendaring of cases involving delinquency, dependency, adoptions and emancipation matters for minors.
 
Mediation Program
Juvenile Dependency Program: a meeting with mediators who try to help people talk about disagreements related to the safety and well being of their children. The meeting is informal, but structured.
Juvenile Justice Program: an opportunity for victims and offenders to meet face to face in a safe, controlled environment.

Dependency hearings occur when the court has become involved in the relationship between parent and child. The court may require the parent to follow specific steps to end court involvement. If a child becomes a dependent of the court, the court will make rules for everyone to follow. The rules are designed to be in the best interest of the child. Social workers and court appointed special advocates are available to protect the child's rights and assist the parent in following court orders. Please visit the Judicial Council Website for more information.

Juvenile Justice hearings occur when the juvenile has been charged with, or accused of, committing a crime. Please visit the Judicial Council Website for more information.

Juvenile Traffic is handled by the County's Probation Department, NOT the Superior Court.

Information about Transfer-In Hearings

All Juvenile transfer-in hearings, dependency and delinquency, are heard at:
Youth Services Center
San Mateo County Juvenile Court
222 Paul Scannell Drive, 2nd Floor
San Mateo, CA 94402

Transfer-In hearings are heard Monday through Thursday at 2:00pm.

Hearings should be set as far out as possible but within 5 court days of the transfer-out order if the child is in custody and within 10 court days of the transfer-out order if the child is out of custody.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to View Juvenile Court FIles
All juvenile cases are confidential. Only the minor, their parent or guardian and the minor's attorney can view the file. If you are not a party in the juvenile case and wish to view the juvenile court records you must ask for judical permission pursuant to Welfare and Institution Code 827. Complete the required forms and file them with the Clerk' office 10 days from when it was served. Most Juvenile cases are located at the Juvenile Branch. Cases prior to 2001 are stored off-site. Please call the clerk's office to order the case and allow 3-5 days for the case to arrive. There is a $10.00 retrieval fee for files stored off-site.

How to Obtain Police Reports
If a police report includes information on a minor you must petition the court to obtain a copy of the police report. Complete Form JV-575 Petition to Obtain Report of Law Enforcement Agency and Form JV-580 Notice to Child and Parent/Guardian. Re: Release of Juvenile Police Records and Obligations. Allow 5-10 business days for judicial review. Once the order is signed by the judge, you will be given a filed copy. If the petition is granted you must take the filed copy to the police agency to receive the copy of the report.

How to Seal Juvenile Court Records
To seal Juvenile Court Records contact the County's Probation Department at (650) 312-8816.

Contact Us

Youth Services Center: The San Mateo County Youth Services Center, which includes a juvenile detention facility is located in San Mateo, CA.

Juvenile Branch

222 Paul Scannell Drive,
San Mateo, CA 94402 [Directions]

Phone Number for Juvenile & Adoptions: (650) 261-5100

Phone Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other Resources (On External Web sites)

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