Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court is a special court for children under 18.

In most Tennessee counties, the General Sessions Court also handles Juvenile Court cases. But in some counties, there is a separate Juvenile Court.

Types of Cases Handled by Juvenile Court

Juvenile courts are for civil cases involving children under 18, such as for children who:

  • Break the law (juvenile delinquents)
  • Are unruly, and
  • Have traffic violations.

Juvenile court also handles cases that involve the parents of children, such as:

  • Child custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Guardianship
  • Parentage of children whose parents are not married
  • Ending parents’ rights
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Dependency
  • Parents who do not make sure their children go to school

Other Resources About Juvenile Court

Click on any link below for more information about:

Resources from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC)

For information on the juvenile court in your county, you can:

Important! Court employees are not allowed to make referrals to lawyers, do legal research, or give legal advice.