Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to appear in court?
Yes. Juveniles and a parent/guardian must attend all court hearings in delinquency, unruly, and traffic cases. It’s advisable in all other types of cases that parties be present or risk decisions being made without their input.
How do I prepare for court?
Arrive at least 15 minutes early and dress appropriately. Clothing that will not be permitted includes, but is not limited to hats, tank tops, clothing with holes, sweatpants, shorts, sandals, pajamas, low-cut or revealing clothing, and anything containing obscene or profane words/pictures. Violations of this dress code may result in contempt of Court and/or the rescheduling of hearing.
Unless small children will be testifying at the hearing, do not bring them.
If you have police reports, medical reports, photos or other evidence, bring it with you to your hearing.
For more information please view the Representing Yourself tab.
Do I need an attorney?
An attorney is not required, however you have the right to speak to an attorney at any time. If you decide to represent yourself, you are responsible for all aspects of your case. You may find the Representing Yourself tab helpful. A public defender can be appointed in unruly/delinquent, dependent, and contempt cases only upon filing of a financial disclosure and a $25.00 deposit at the time of arraignment.
How do I get my court date changed?
You may file a motion to continue. It should be filed in writing at least 7 days prior to the hearing. This must be approved by the Judge in advance or you are expected to appear at your scheduled date and time.
What types of payment are accepted?
The Court accepts cash, checks, or money orders. Checks/Money orders can be made out to Madison County Juvenile Court.
How do I file a Juvenile Civil Protection Order?
A juvenile civil protection order is an order of protection against a minor that should be filed in person. If filing an ex parte (emergency) order, be prepared to wait for a same day hearing.
How do I update my address?
You can file a Change of Address Form with the Court.
How do I get a copy of paperwork filed in a case?
Records kept by the Juvenile Court are confidential in accordance with Juvenile Rule 37(B). Only parties to a case or attorneys of record may request information about or copies from a file. There is a $0.10 charge per page which must be paid prior to copies being made. If a certified copy is required, then a $3.00 fee shall apply.
How do I request a record check?
A Record Request Form must be filed with the Court. All record requests are subject to judicial approval.