Dependency: All matters relating to juveniles who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected, surrendered for the purpose of adoption, or who are persistent runaways, habitually truant or ungovernable.
Delinquency: Any person under the age of 18 who has committed a law violation.
**JUVENILE RECORDS ARE CONFIDENTIAL**
See Florida Statute 39.411 and 985.04.
The Juvenile Department is governed by F.S. 39 for Dependency and F.S. 985 for Delinquency.
The Juvenile Department maintains the official records pertaining to all juvenile court pleadings and petitions in accordance with statutory requirements, giving special consideration to the confidential nature of these records.
The Juvenile Department works closely with the Department of Children and Family Services, the Judiciary, State Attorneys, Public Defenders, the Department of Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement and other agencies in carrying out its mission. The Juvenile Department dockets all cases, attends court hearings, and maintains all of the required court records.
Information may not be given out over the telephone. You must appear in person with proper identification to receive information. The following people are authorized to receive information concerning a case:
To contact the Juvenile Department, call 407-742-3575