Important guidelines supporting Attendance Court

This is a learning opportunity for you to witness the process of youth and families going through Attendance Court while providing administrative support to the staff facilitating the process.

Learning objectives

  • Gain an understanding of juvenile court process as it applies to truancy.
  • Increase (or gain) awareness of professional requirements and expectations for a job working with youth in a court room setting.
  • Observe collaborative relationship between school partners, juvenile department staff, and youth and families.

Expectations

  • You will be observing conversations between parents, youth, school representatives and the Judge. Please observe respectfully.
  • Some questions that will be asked of adults are of a personal nature and aid in the Judge’s ability to make informed decision. This information should be dealt with respectfully.
  • Courtroom staff will expect you to ask questions about the job & training at appropriate times. Please take notes so you can follow up while court is not in session. The best time to ask about processes and/or debrief is directly after a court hearing.
  • Trust the staff; they are following procedures for a purpose. Use scenarios and discussions as an opportunity to inquire about our processes and to become more informed of department practices
  • Please inquire about emergency exits, panic buttons and safety protocols during your visit.

Guidelines

  • Wear appropriate clothing for the setting. Dress should follow courtroom etiquette. Revealing clothing is not appropriate, nor are logos promoting alcohol, drugs or tobacco.
  • Do your best listening to the youth’s & family’s answers during the court process. You can learn a lot and see how follow up questions are asked.
  • There are no wrong work related questions to ask the staff when there are no youth within hearing range. If something is inappropriate, staff will let you know and the matter can be discussed.

Technical

  • The courtroom is a secure facility. You will be entering through a metal detector upon entering. No weapons or other dangerous/hazardous items are allowed inside the courtroom or Juvenile Department buildings. If you have a concealed carry permit, you may not bring your weapon inside, or on County property. This includes your vehicle.
  • If you encounter a conflict of interest during your visit, notify staff immediately. Examples of conflicts would include knowing (directly or indirectly) a youth or parent/family member of a youth in the courtroom.
  • Any information that you hear and witness are covered by State & County confidentiality policies. You have signed a confidentiality agreement. Please ask staff if you have any questions.
  • If you encounter a conflict of interest during your visit, notify the staff immediately.
  • Photos, videos and electronic devices are not permitted.
  • Please turn off your cell phones.