About Juvenile Court
This information is provided on behalf of the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project. Please see below for more information about the project.
What is Juvenile Court?
Juvenile Court is a special civil court for children and their families. There are three types of cases that happen in Juvenile Court:
- Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
- CHINS (Child In Need of Supervision)
- Delinquency Proceedings
Juvenile court cases are heard in the District Courts and follow special Juvenile Court procedures. All Juvenile Court cases are confidential. Click here for the District Courts directory.
How do I learn more about Juvenile Court?
To read more about what happens in a Juvenile Court case, the Children’s Justice Project has prepared various publications (including a video) for parents, children, and other caregivers. Note: These links will take you to publications on the CJP website.
Publications for Parents, Custodians and Guardians
- Handbook for Parents, Guardians, & Custodians on Child Abuse and Neglect Proceedings, 5th Edition (pdf)
- Success is in Your Hands - What to Expect in Juvenile Court (youtube video)
Publications for Children and Youth
- Your Rights: A Guide to Juvenile Court in Wyoming for Children and Youth (for teenagers) (Double Sided Booklet Format) (pdf)
- Wyoming Juvenile Court: A Handbook for Children (for ages 7-12) (pdf)
- Bear Goes to Court (Wyoming Coloring Book - ages 3 to 6) (pdf)
Publications for Foster and Relative Caregivers
- How a Child Enters the Juvenile Court System (Color) (pdf)
What is the Children's Justice Project?
The mission of the Wyoming Children’s Justice Project is to assure timely and fair outcomes for abused and neglected children who are before the juvenile courts. CJP was established in 1999 as a project of the Wyoming Supreme Court. The Chief Justice appoints an advisory council to set policy and oversee CJP work. The project is funded by federal court improvement grants administered by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The federal grant program was established in 1994 as a response to the dramatic increase in child abuse and neglect cases and the expanded role of courts in achieving stable and permanent homes for children in foster care. All 50 states receive federal court improvement grant funding.
Click here for more information about the project.