Juvenile Bureau

Legislation Change & Employment Growth

The Juvenile Bureau replaced "Children's Court" by the passage of legislation on January 13, 1969. The legislation eliminated Children's Court and enacted the necessary statutes revising the Children's Code and authorizing that Juvenile Bureaus could be created in counties exceeding 100,000 population. The result being a Juvenile Division of the District Court and the Juvenile Bureau being interfaced by the law to carry out the responsibilities of fulfilling the basic Juvenile Court role in Oklahoma County. As originally enacted in 1968 the term 'child' meant any male person under the age of 16 years and any female person under the age of 18 years. Employees of the Children's Court occupied limited space on the ground floor of the Oklahoma County Courthouse until late 1967 when space was made available on the second floor of the courthouse. A 1972 Amendment defined a 'child' as any person under the age of 18 years. Nine people were employed to begin on June 1, 1972 as intake and probation officers.

Serving Delinquent Children & Children in Need

The Juvenile Bureau directly facilitates the efforts of the court by providing support and follow-through services required by law. The Chief Administrative officer of the Bureau is the Director who is charged by the Judge of the Juvenile Division with the organization, development and management of the administration / personnel, social, investigative and financial work for the Bureau and Detention Center. The Bureau is responsible for receiving, evaluating and determining appropriate action pertaining to persons under the age of 18 years found within Oklahoma County and alleged to be delinquent or in need of supervision. Additionally, the Bureau carries out orders of the Juvenile Division of the District Court and serves all process regarding Juvenile matters.

Bureau Services

The primary Bureau services are:

Intake Services

Intake Services receives all complaints regarding juveniles, determines jurisdictional questions and necessary appropriate action, in addition to the filing and preparation of juvenile charges.

Probation Services

Probation services provides probationary counseling and supervision as directed by the Juvenile Division of the District Court for juveniles adjudicated as delinquent and in need of supervision. Additionally, the Bureau operates a Volunteer Services Program and Student Intern Program for graduate and undergraduate students from 4 to 5 colleges and universities.
In addition to the mentioned services, the Juvenile Bureau also provides:

Volunteer Services

Citizens are given the opportunity to work with juveniles on probation and deferred caseloads.

Support Services

Directs all building maintenance, custodial and grounds upkeep, as well as building security.
Bureau Building Entrance With Flag Poles