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Dakota County Juvenile Court has jurisdiction over matters involving children under the age of eighteen (18).
In delinquency cases, the child is alleged to have committed a violation of Minnesota law.
In child protection cases, the child's parents or guardians are alleged to have created a condition that places the child's health and welfare at risk of harm.
In both of the above cases, the focus of any court proceeding is to provide supervision over services for the child either to return the child to law-abiding behavior or to correct the condition that places the child's health and welfare in danger.
Most Juvenile Court delinquency matters are not open to the public with the exception of serious crimes committed by children over the age of 16. Child protection matters are open to the public with the exception of Runaway and Truancy cases as well as any specific case that is closed by Court Order.
Child Protection Matters
Juvenile Traffic Matters