Jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court Department

Learn about the jurisdiction of Juvenile Court

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The Juvenile Court Department has general jurisdiction over delinquency, children requiring assistance (CRA), care and protection petitions, adult contributing to a delinquency of a minor cases, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights proceedings, and youthful offender cases.

The Court Reorganization Act authorized the establishment of a statewide juvenile court. There are eleven divisions of the juvenile court with sessions in more than forty locations. The names and territorial jurisdictions are contained in G.L. c.218, s.57.


Last updated: April 25, 2018