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Juvenile Court

25 West 7th St
St Paul MN 55102
(651) 266-5115
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Juvenile Deliquency
(Criminal Charges) &
Traffic Offenses

What kinds of charges are handled in Juvenile Court?
How do I resolve a Juvenile Court traffic offense?
How does a parent hear that charges have been filed?
My child has been arrested.  Where is he/she?
How do I visit my child when he or she is in custody?
How do I get my child released?
Can a juvenile be certified as an adult in Minnesota?
Where will the case be heard?
Is a Public Defender available?
Are the charges confidential?
What is my next court date?
Can I change the court date?
What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?
Can I contest an award of restitution?

Child Protection
What should I do if I suspect child abuse or neglect?
What happens when a report of child abuse is made?
If a child I know has been taken out of the home by Child Protection, can I request that the child live with me?
Can I change my court date in a Child Protection case?
I am a relative of a child who has been taken out of the home.  How can I be involved in this case?
Parental Rights,
Permanency,
& Emancipation
I would like to terminate the parental rights of someone, how do I do that?
Can parental rights be returned once they are terminated?
What is emancipation? How do I petition for emancipation?
Adoption 
How do I adopt a child?
Records
Are all Juvenile records sealed?
Will my record go away when I turn 18?
How do I view my own Juvenile record?
Can I authorize release of my Juvenile record?
How do I request expungement of a Juvenile record?
How do I get a background check that includes my juvenile record?
Other Questions 

Can I make decisions about my pregnancy without my parent's consent?
Are interpreters available?
Can filing fees be waived?
Is parking available at the Juvenile Court?
Fee Schedule for Juvenile Court

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Juvenile Criminal & Traffic Offenses

What kinds of charges are handled in Juvenile Court?

Juvenile Court handles any Criminal or Traffic charge against a person under 16 years of age.  It also handles charges against people between 16 and 18 years of age if the charge is a misdemeanor.  Petty misdemeanors charged against 16 to 18-year-olds are handled by the Traffic Violations Bureau.

How do I resolve a Juvenile Court traffic offense?

Call 651-266-9202 and press 0 to speak to a representative. If it can be resolved by the Traffic Violations Bureau, follow their instructions.  If the case has been referred to Juvenile Court, a notice will be mailed to the address on the citation.  The notice will tell you if the offense if payable or court-required. This process can take 6-8 weeks.  Please note that the 21 day deadline mentioned on the citation does not apply to a case processed through Juvenile Court.  If you do not receive a notice or if the addess on the citation is incorrect, contact the Juvenile Court at 651-266-5115.

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How does a parent hear that charges have been filed?

If a juvenile is in custody, the Juvenile Detention Center staff makes every effort to contact the custodial parents immediately.

If the juvenile was not taken into custody, the court sends a notice to both the parent and child at the address provided on the petition.

My child has been arrested. Where is he/she?

In Ramsey County, juveniles are held at the Juvenile Detention Center at the Juvenile and Family Court Facility at the address above. 

For more information, visit the Juvenile Detention Center page of the Ramsey County web site.

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How do I visit my child when he or she is in custody?

Call 651-266-5255, provided you are a parent or legal guardian.  You will need picture ID.

For more information and rules about visitation, visit the Juvenile Detention Center page of the Ramsey County web site.

How do I get my child released?

Ramsey County Juvenile Detention staff may contact you.  If you do not hear from them, the issue of release will be addressed at the first court appearance.

For more information, review  "What happens when a child is taken to detention?" on the Juvenile Detention Center page of the Ramsey County web site.

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Can a juvenile be certified as an adult in Minnesota?

Yes.

Where will the case be heard?

If the case is filed in Ramsey County, the first hearing will be at the address above.  Subsequent hearings may be held in the county where the child lives.

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Is a Public Defender available?

Yes, provided you qualify.  You must be prepared to show evidence of your income.

Are the charges confidential?

If the child is over 16 and the charge is a felony, no.  Otherwise, yes.

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What is my next court date?

Juvenile matters are not published on the internet.  Call the Juvenile Court office at 651-266-5115.  Please have any paperwork with you when you call.

Can I change the court date?

Yes, in certain circumstances.  The answer will depend on the level of offense, whether continuances have been granted to you before,  and the type of hearing.  Call the Juvenile Court at 651-266-5115 to see if this is possible.  Call as soon as possible.  Same-day continuances are not commonly granted.

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What do I do if there is a warrant for my arrest?

Turn yourself in at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, 425 Grove Street in St. Paul.  In many cases, you may call the Juvenile Court office at the number above to request a hearing to quash the warrant.  Note: the warrant remains active until you appear at the court hearing.

Can I contest an award of restitution?

Yes. You must submit a request for hearing within 30 days of notice to contest the amount of restitution.

For more information, refer to the probation forms that were provided with the notice or contact your probation officer.

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Child Protection

What should I do if I suspect child abuse or neglect?

Report it.  In Ramsey County, these reports are handled by Child Protection Services.  Outside of Ramsey County, visit the Child Protection and Child Welfare page of the MN Department of Human Services web site for the agency in your area.  If it's an emergency situation, call your local police or dial 911.

What happens when a report of child abuse is made?

Child abuse charges against adults are handled by the Criminal Court.  Reports of abuse are reviewed by Ramsey County Human Services.  If Human Services determines a petition is appropriate, they will file a CHIPS (CHildren In need of Protection or Services) petition with Juvenile Court.

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If a child I know has been taken out of the home by Child Protection, can I request that the child live with me?

If you would like the child to be placed with you, contact the Child Protection Services division of Ramsey County Human Services (651-266-4444).  Let them know that there is an active child protection case and ask to speak with the social worker in charge of the case.

Can I change my court date?

If you are represented, you should contact your attorney. Changing a court date in a child protection proceeding requires a motion, notification to all other parties and a proposed order. The continuance must be approved by the Judge.

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I am a relative of a child who has been taken out of the home.  How can I be involved in this case?

Contact the Court at the number above to request that you receive notices for child protection court hearings. You may contact Ramsey County Human Services to request additional information about the case or to speak to the social worker assigned.


Parental Rights, Permanency, and Emancipation

I would like to terminate the parental rights of someone, how do I do that?

There must be a legal basis to terminate someone's parental rights. You may want to seek the advice of an attorney or refer to the Minnesota Statutes or the MN Rules of Juvenile Protection Procedures. Termination-related forms are not available online, however you may purchase them in the Juvenile Court office at the Ramsey County Juvenile and Family Justice Center at the address above. 

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Can parental rights be returned once they are terminated?

There are very limited circumstances in which this may happen. You may want to seek the advice of an attorney.

What is emancipation? How do I petition for emancipation?

Emancipation is allowing an underage person to have the same legal resposibilities as an adult.  A Petition for Emancipation may be considered by the court, but the court does not provide forms or advice on this issue.  If you want to pursue emancipation or if you are involved in an emancipation case, it is recommended that you seek the advice of an attorney

For more information, visit the Juvenile Law page of the State Self-Help Center.  There is an Emancipation section with links to more resources.

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Adoption

How do I adopt a child?

File a Petition for Adoption with the court along with the applicable fee.  You must be a resident of Ramsey County.  Adoption can be complicated; consider seeking the advice of an attorney.

For more information, visit the Adoption page of the State Self-Help Center.

Request to Access Adoption Decree


Records

Are all Juvenile records sealed?

No, juvenile cases are not generally sealed. However, many juvenile records are not available to the public and some records may be accessed by court order. Legal records for juveniles 16 or older who are charged with felony offenses are generally open to the public.

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Will my record go away when I turn 18?

No. Court records are retained for a fixed period of time.  Other agencies may keep records according to their own rules.

For more information visit the Retention Schedule on the Justice Partner Resources page

How do I view my own Juvenile record?

Submit a Juvenile Case Record Request to Juvenile Court at the address above. You may request a summary of your case record, but you may need to obtain a court order to access additional documents.

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Can I authorize release of my Juvenile record?

No. MN Rules of Public Access to Records of the Judicial Branch determine who may have access and a person cannot bypass these rules through a release. Access not otherwise allowed would require a court order.

How do I request expungement of a Juvenile record?

File a Petition for Expungement with the court at the address above. Contact Juvenile Court at 651-266-5115 for a hearing date before you serve the paperwork. You may use the Criminal Expungement forms and instructions, but you will need to modify them to comply with juvenile court requirements.  Expungement is a complicated process.  You may want to seek the advice of an attorney.

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How do I get a background check that includes my juvenile record?

Request a background check from the MN Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA). The BCA's phone number is 651-793-2400.  Juvenile court records only provide access to specific documents in specific court cases. We do not handle background checks.


Other Questions

Can I make decisions about my pregnancy without my parent's consent?

In certain circumstances. Call the Juvenile Court at the number above for more information.

Are interpreters available?

Yes.  Call the Juvenile Court office at the number above and make your request.

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Can filing fees be waived?

In certain circumstances. If you are financially unable to pay court fees, you may request to waive them by filing an Affidavit for Proceeding in Forma Pauperis.

For more information, visit the Fee Waiver page of the State Self-Help Center site. Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs

Is parking available?

The Juvenile and Family Court facility is downtown and does not provide parking.  Check online for available parking. Click the "Search the Map" icon on the toolbar and type "Parking."

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