How long will court be?
Juvenile Court proceedings are one day. However, certain cases may be continued to another date for different reasons. The District Attorney’s Office will try to notify you if we know of any changes ahead of time.
What can I expect in the courtroom?
Juvenile Court is closed to the public. When you testify, you will be sworn in and attorneys for the State and defendant will ask questions. Appropriate dress is required in Juvenile Court.
As a victim, do I need an attorney?
No. In a criminal / delinquent matter the District Attorney’s Office, on behalf of the victim and the State, proceeds on the charges against the individual who committed the act against you.
Will I have to see the defendant?
You will see the defendant only if the case goes to an Adjudicatory Hearing (trial). The District Attorney’s Office provides a separate waiting area for victims and witnesses.
What other options do I have to collect restitution?
You may inquire with a private attorney about your options in civil court to collect from the parents of the defendant
What happens if I am unable to appear on the date that is on my subpoena?
Please call our office as soon as possible. The sooner you call the better chance we have of resetting the case in which you are involved. If you have a problem on the day of court, call the office so that we may speak to the Judge on your behalf and possibly reset the case.
It is very important that you contact this office with any change of address or phone number.
If you wish to file a complaint against a juvenile or file a runaway or ungovernable petition, you must come to the DeKalb Juvenile Court Intake area. The Juvenile Court is responsible for the complaint filing process, and will determine whether a case is referred to the District Attorney's Office for formal prosecution.
Ph: (404) 294-2720
Fx: (404) 294-2710