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District Juvenile Court

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The business transacted by the court relates to matters, both civil and criminal concerning children and juveniles (children from 10 to 17 years).

All such cases are held in camera - that is the public is not allowed into the court.

Adults appear before the court on occasions when a juvenile is charged with an adult as a co-accused.

A significant portion of court business relates to Health Board applications for care and supervisory orders under the Children Act, 1908 and the Child Care Act, 1991.

These applications are taken in respect of children who are allegedly being inadequately cared for, neglected or abused.

The applications are taken by solicitors on behalf of social workers dealing with the cases.

The court also deals with school attendance applications. These cases are taken by school attendance officers against parents and children who have disobeyed warnings issued under the School Attendance Acts, 1926-1967 to attend school.

The interaction with the public involves dealing with queries about hearing dates, explaining bail conditions to them, the consequences of breaches of such conditions, explaining the importance of probation bonds, peace bonds and other court orders.

The only forms used by the public in relation to this office are appeals forms, notice of appeal / recognisance forms in cases where defendants are pursuing their own appeals and assistance is provided with regard to same.

Finally, the court deals with significant business of a criminal nature involving delinquent juveniles and this business is initiated by An Garda Síochána, mainly by charge sheet, with a small number of cases being dealt with by summons.

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