Juvenile Court

32nd Circuit Court
Family Division 
Location: Main Floor Courthouse
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CST

Staff names and titles:
Hon. Anna R. Talaska 
Juvenile/District Court Judge
 
Micki Sorensen
Juvenile Court Administrator / 
County Juvenile Officer

Deborah MacPherson
Juvenile Court Registrar

Pat Hagstrom, BSW 
Juvenile Court Case Worker


Court ADA
Compliance Order
Micki Sorensen
ADA Coordinator 

 THE JUVENILE COURT IS A PART OF THE FAMILY DIVISION OF THE CIRCUIT COURT AND HAS JURISDICTION OVER JUVENILE DELINQUENCY; CHILD NEGLECT AND ABUSE; ADOPTION; EMANCIPATION; AND NAME CHANGES.

JUVENILE DELINQUENCY
ALL PETITIONS MUST BE FILED WITH THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY’S OFFICE. JUVENILES FOUND BY THE COURT TO BE DELINQUENT ARE PLACED ON PROBATION AND SUPERVISED BY THE JUVENILE PROBATION DEPARTMENT. OCCASIONALLY, REFERRALS ARE MADE TO THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES. OUT OF HOME PLACEMENT DECISIONS ARE MADE BASED ON THE YOUTH’S PRIOR RECORD AND CURRENT ALLEGATION BEFORE THE COURT.

THE PARENTS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR AT LEAST PARTIAL REIMBURSEMENT OF ANY DESIGNATED PLACEMENT, FINES, COSTS AND ATTORNEY FEES.  ALL FINANCIAL QUESTIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE JUVENILE OFFICER (906-667-1146), AND SCHEDULING QUESTIONS TO THE JUVENILE COURT OFFICE (906-663-4147).

UNDERAGE USERS OF ALCOHOL, TOBBACO AND MARIJUANA ARE ISSUED CIVIL INFRACTION CITATIONS.  IN GOGEBIC COUNTY, JUVENILE CIVIL INFRACTIONS ARE HANDLED BY THE JUVENILE COURT.

COMMONLY USED TERMS IN JUVENILE CASES

ADJUDICATION
The final judicial determination of a case by a finding of guilt or innocence by a trial court in a criminal case.

DELINQUENT
A delinquent is a minor age 16 or under who commits an act that would be considered a crime if committed by an adult.

DETENTION
The temporary care of a juvenile who requires custody for their own welfare or the community’s protection pending disposition of the court or execution of an order of the court for placement or commitment.

EMANCIPATION
The process by which a minor between the ages of 16-18 may be freed from parental control. Court proceedings and specific guidelines are required.

EXPUNGEMENT
To legally void/destroy records in files, computers, or other depositories. Expungement information for juvenile delinquency records is available through the court.

FAMILY COURT COLLECTION POLICY
Parents are required and responsible for reimbursement of court-ordered fines, costs, attorney fees, etc., for their children who are placed under the jurisdiction of the Family Division through delinquency proceedings.

JUVENILE
In delinquent cases, “juvenile” applies to all persons under the age of 17 involved in the juvenile delinquency proceedings. In some cases, the court extends jurisdiction beyond the age of 17, if the jurisdiction commenced prior to the juvenile’s 17th birthday.

JUVENILE CODE
The group of statues governing juvenile delinquency proceedings, designated proceedings, and child protective proceedings.

PETITION
In juvenile delinquency, a petition is the instrument used to set forth the allegations (complaint) against the party before the court. Petitions in such proceedings must be verified. Jurisdiction of the court may only be invoked by petition. Most petitions in the juvenile system originate with a complaint from law enforcement and are forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for authorization. 

PRELIMINARY HEARING
This is a formal review of the petition where the judge considers authorizing the petition and placing it on the formal calendar. The hearing also informs the juvenile of the charges against them, appoints counsel if necessary and allows a plea to be given to the charges.

STATUS OFFENSES
Status offenses are acts that are violations of the law when committed by a minor, such as running away from home without sufficient cause, incorrigibility, and school truancy. Status offenses are governed wholly by the juvenile code.

TRADITIONAL WAIVER
When a juvenile is charged with a felony, the Prosecuting Attorney may file a motion asking the Family Division to allow the juvenile to be tried as an adult in the Adult Criminal Division.

 NEGLECT/ABUSE
ALL NEGLECT PROCEEDINGS ARE INITIATED THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES AND APPROVED BY THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY. ALL CHILDREN INVOLVED IN A NEGLECT OR ABUSE SITUATION WILL BE APPOINTED A GUARDIAN AD LITEM TO REPRESENT THEIR BEST INTERESTS.  SCHEDULING QUESTIONS CAN BE HANDLED BY THE FAMILY COURT OFFICE (906-667-1140).

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