The Bucks County Juvenile Court functions as both a judicial and an administrative agency primarily with respect to children under age 18, who are charged with juvenile delinquency for violating the criminal law.
To reduce and prevent juvenile crime;
Promote and maintain safe communities;
To seek victim restoration;
And, improve the welfare of youth and families who are served by the Court.
The principle beliefs supporting this Mission are:
- That the disposition of juvenile offenders always takes into account the best interest of public safety.
- That juvenile offenders be held accountable for the harm they cause to individuals as well as the community.
- That the primary objective of treatment is to improve and develop the juvenile offenders’ competency skills.
- That community, residents, and organizations be actively engaged by the Court in a cooperative effort to seek solutions to juvenile crime.
- That victims are an integral part of the justice system and should have their rights protected during all phases of the court proceedings including the right to be heard, notified, and restored.
As a judicial agency, the Court determines questions of fact and law based on evidentiary hearings. As an administrative agency, the Court is responsible for providing custodial services and treatment including probation supervision and placement to children under the jurisdiction of this agency. All juveniles arrested for committing felonies and misdemeanors are processed through the office.
Twenty-four hour a day probation services are required for intake and for decisions concerning detention. To carry out its work, the Court employs a professional staff of 36 Juvenile Probation Officers and managerial, 9 clerical and 3 Victim Witness, and 9 fiscal personnel.