Juvenile Rules

Local Juvenile Rules
LR29-JV00-801. Assignment of Juvenile Case Numbers
801.10 The Hamilton County Criminal Random Filing Rule (LR29-CR00-303) does not apply to juvenile cases. It is therefore necessary to establish assignment of Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Status Offense causes.
801.20 The Clerk of the Court shall assign cause numbers for new filings of all JS and JD case types to Hamilton Circuit Court and Hamilton Superior Court No. 1.
801.30 The Clerk shall file all cases involving juveniles with last names beginning with the letters A - L in Hamilton County Superior Court No. 1 and cases involving juveniles with last names beginning M-Z shall be filed in Hamilton Circuit Court.
801.40 The Clerk of the Court shall file all cases involving juvenile cases now filed in such court. Any cases involving new charges concerning a juvenile whose case is still pending disposition or is on probation supervision in Hamilton Superior Court No. 3 shall be filed by the Clerk in Hamilton Superior Court No. 3.
801.50 The designation of the Clerk concerning the proper court in which to file a cause shall take precedence over the designation of any other entity or individual, except upon specific order entered by the Judge of Hamilton Circuit Court, Hamilton Superior Court No. 1, or Hamilton Superior Court No. 3.
801.60 When a motion is filed requesting a joinder of juvenile cases because of such cases being related in subject matter or by individuals, the Court may, after finding probable cause, order such cases joined and the cases may be filed in one court regardless of the first initial of their name for the sake of judicial economy.
801.70 When a Judge disqualifies or recuses from a juvenile case, the Clerk shall reassign to another court pursuant to this rule. When the disqualification or recusal is by the Judge of the Hamilton Circuit Court, the Clerk shall reassign such case to the Hamilton Superior Court No. 1. Upon disqualification or recusal of Hamilton Superior Court No. 1, the Clerk shall reassign such case to the Hamilton Circuit Court.
801.80 In the event the above reassignment is not permitted and a subsequent reassignment is required, said case reassignment shall be achieved by obtaining a new court assignment from the remaining Hamilton County Courts using a random assignment procedure.

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LR29-JV00-802. Access Confidential Juvenile Records
802.10 The Circuit and Superior Courts of Hamilton County find that in order to facilitate effective legal representation of juveniles, it is necessary that confidential juvenile records be made accessible as follows:
a. All persons permitted access pursuant to statute; and
b. Paralegals and employees of the juvenile's attorney of record may have access to such juvenile files if they are acting at the direction of and under the control of such attorney of record. Written documentation may be required by the clerk before such paralegal or employee may have access to such juvenile files.

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