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Finding Legal Help

You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Juvenile Courts

Juvenile Court Report Card to the Community

General Juvenile Court Information

Watch Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video

  • Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (English) - YouTube
  • Rights of Juvenile Defendants Video (Español) - YouTube

Watch Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies Video

  • Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies - YouTube
  • Navigating the Juvenile Court - Delinquencies (Español) - YouTube

Juvenile Court Websites

Child Welfare

Watch Navigating Your Child Welfare Case - A Guide for Parents

  • A Guide for Parents Involved in the Utah Juvenile Court System (English) - YouTube
  • Cómo actuar cuando se tiene un caso de bienestar de menores (Spanish subtitles) - YouTube

Child Welfare Appeals

Child Welfare Appeals - Child Welfare cases include abuse, neglect and dependency proceedings, and termination of parental rights cases and adoptions. An appeal is a review by a higher court of a lower court's final judgment or decree. An appeal is not a new trial, and no new evidence will be accepted.

Child Welfare Mediation

Child Welfare Mediation involves the use of a skilled and unbiased third party to assist families, agencies, and attorneys in reaching a mutually acceptable resolution regarding child welfare and placement issues.

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) - A CASA volunteer is an advocate for children under the court's jurisdiction for abuse, neglect or dependency. Children who otherwise would not have a voice in court benefit from talking to someone they can trust - someone they know is there to help them - a CASA. CASA volunteers serve as the eyes and ears of the Office of the Guardian ad Litem and the court by gathering relevant information about the child and the family, and getting to know the child.


Parents are legally obligated to provide the basic needs for their children until they are eighteen. If a person under eighteen marries or joins the U.S. Armed Forces, parents are no longer responsible for supporting them or for making decisions for them.

Utah has an emancipation law (Utah Code §78A-6-801 et seq.) which allows a minor 16 years or older to ask the juvenile court to declare them emancipated. Emancipation gives a minor under eighteen the rights and responsibilities of an adult. Emancipation forms are available on the court's website.

Expungement of Juvenile Record

Expungement is the process of sealing a criminal case after the case has been resolved. Some adult records and juvenile records can be expunged, under conditions specified in state law.

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

A guardian ad litem is a lawyer appointed by the court to look after the interests of an infant, child or incompetent person during court proceedings. The guardian ad litem may represent children in custody actions where there are allegations of abuse or neglect, or in protective order proceedings. The guardian ad litem also represents children who are in foster care.

Guardianship of a Minor

Guardianship of a minor gives a guardian the legal authority to make decisions regarding the minor.

Juvenile Justice Process

Juvenile Justice Services provides an explanation illustrating the juvenile justice process.

Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet

  • Juvenile Court Petition Cover Sheet - PDF

Problem-Solving Courts

Problem-Solving Courts, including Adult Drug Courts; Adult Mental Health Courts; Juvenile Mental Health Court; Juvenile Family Dependency Drug Courts; Juvenile Drug Courts; and Veterans Drug Court are located throughout the state to provide programs specific to individual needs.

Declaration of Financial Status Forms

  • Declaration of Financial Status - PDF | Word
  • Declaration of Financial Status (Bilingual - English and Spanish) - PDF | Word

The Utah State Courts mission is to provide the people an open, fair, efficient, and independent system for the advancement of justice under the law.

Page Last Modified: 3/31/2022

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