Juvenile Court Services
Out of concern for the health of our youth, families, staff, and the community due to COVID-19, Juvenile Court has cancelled the following in-programs until further notice:
• In-Person Detention Visitation (parents and outside agencies).
• Coordination of Services Classes
• Education and Employment Training
• Aggression Replacement Training (virtual ART will begin end of June)
• Boys Group
• Diversion Board
• All court led community service
• CASA Training (virtual CASA training is occurring)
The entire Juvenile Services building is adhering to social distancing guidelines. Masks are required in the building. https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/Secretary_of_Health_Order_20-03_Statewide_Face_Coverings.pdf
The court is beginning to hold in-person hearings for both in custody and out of custody youth. This includes pleas and dispositions, revocation hearings, and arraignments.
Pre-trials and trials continue to be set by agreed order without in-person hearings.
For offender matters, respondent and their attorney are the only parties expected to be in court in person. If choosing to appear in person, please respect social distancing guidelines and masks are required.
All Truancy matters have been stricken for the 2019-2020 school year.
At-Risk Youth and CHINS hearings are back to their regular Monday, Wednesday, and Friday court schedule.
At-Risk Youth and CHINS contested trials are being heard.
As of June 1st, new petitions, new contempt motions, and contested trials have resumed for At-risk Youth and CHINS.
All Dependency hearings will be held via Zoom.
All civil matters will continue to be handled as much as possible with phone hearings, working toward Zoom hearings. If choosing to appear in person, please respect social distancing guidelines and masks are required.
We are making every effort to ensure healthy conditions for youth in our detention facility. To do this, we are following set protocols determined by our Medical Provider in conjunction with guidelines from the Spokane County Health Officer and the CDC.
Medical staff assess each youth for signs of illness through a physical assessment and temperature checks. If a youth shows symptoms of COVID-19, he/she would be placed in medical isolation, provided emotional support and necessary medical care by our providers, to include testing. Personal protective equipment and infection control measures such as increased disinfection will be used to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
The Medical Director will be the point of contact for all youth health care needs and will consult with the Spokane Regional Health District for guidance.
Daily cleaning and disinfecting is being done throughout the juvenile court building, including the detention center.
All detention visitation with parents/guardians and outside agencies will be done telephonically.
Educational (school) programming is conducted via video conferencing by NEWEDS101 staff and with support from juvenile corrections officers.
We want you to know that Spokane County Juvenile Court continues to ensure the youth and families we work with have the support they need at all times and especially during this uncertainty.
We have staff working remotely and in the building continuing our mission of promoting public safety, accountability, and positive change.
Serving our community by providing a system that is free of bias based on gender, race, ethnicity, and for other marginalized communities, and by promoting public safety, accountability, and positive change for delinquent, dependent, at-risk children, and their families.
Learn more about youth programs that provide an alternative to Juvenile Detention.
The purpose of the Annual Report is to provide the Spokane Community an account of the actions and outcomes of its Juvenile Court.
The Becca Bill, passed by state legislature in 1995, was designed for parents to gain assistance from the courts to support their at-risk teenagers.
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), advocate for children who have been abused and/or neglected and report to the court as to the best interest of the child.
View the precautions and guidelines followed by Juvenile Court Services to comply with the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
Learn about the Juvenile Court Act regarding dependency and termination of the parent-child relationship.
Find helpful Juvenile Services documents such as forms, packets, and publications.
View answers to questions asked frequently of Juvenile Court Services.
The Spokane County Juvenile Court is a division of the Superior Court and operates under the administrative authority of the Superior Court Judges.
The long-range goal of Juvenile Detention is to produce contributing citizens. The immediate objectives toward that goal are to provide a safe and secure environment, enforce accountability, and promote positive change for detained youth.
Under certain conditions of the law you may be eligible for sealing or destruction of your Spokane County Juvenile Court records.
Spokane County Juvenile Court believes volunteers are essential for the effective implementation of our programs. Their skills and abilities benefit the court, the family, and the community.