The Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County Family Court serves the citizens of the Bessemer Cut-Off in the areas of delinquent, dependent, and children in need of supervision. Proceedings before the juvenile court judge and juvenile court records are confidential (not open to the public). There are no jury trials in juvenile court. The Bessemer Division of the Jefferson County Family Court also presides over cases involving adults, which include paternity and child support.
A delinquent is a child under the age of 18 who has committed an offense which, if the individual were an adult, would be considered a crime. A dependent is a child who is orphaned, neglected, or abused and in need of care. Child in Need of Supervision (CHINS) is one who has committed an act which, if that child were an adult, would not be considered a crime but is in need of care or rehabilitation, such as one who is habitually truant, disobedient to parents, or is a runaway.
There are some cases which the juvenile court cannot hear even if the individual is under the age of 18. The juvenile court does not have jurisdiction over juveniles 16 years of age or older charged with traffic offenses, except for driving under the influence (DUI) cases, or juveniles 16 years of age or older charged with any of the following offenses, which, if they were committed by an adult, would be: (1)a capital offense; (2) a Class A felony; (3) a felony which has an element of the offense the use of a deadly weapon; (4) a felony which has as an element the causing of death or serious physical injury; (5) a felony which involves the use of a dangerous instrument against certain officials or persons; and (6) trafficking in drugs.
Jefferson County Family Court, Intake Department
Jefferson County Courthouse
1801 3rd Ave. North, Room 307
Bessemer, Alabama 35020
Bessemer Juvenile Intake Department
Bessemer Juvenile Probation Department
Bessemer Family Court, Child Support Department