Juvenile Probation Overview
As of March 11, 2022 – Update from Superior Court regarding COVID-19 Response Activities. Mason County Superior Court is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community while performing our Constitutional duties. The Court is open but has modified operations.
With some exceptions, all hearings will continue to be offered electronically through Zoom conferencing or other court approved platform, unless otherwise set by the Court. If an in-person appearance is ordered by the Court the In-Person Courtroom Appearance Protocols apply: English - Spanish shall be followed.
The COVID-19 Courthouse protocol remains in effect at this time (see the most recent Administrative Order re Mitigation dated March 11, 2022, posted below). The Court may consider adjustments to the protocol at a later date.
Juvenile Matters. Juvenile Offender hearings may be attended in person or virtually at the party’s discretion unless required to appear. For Disposition Hearings, the Respondent and his/her attorney, and the representative of the State shall appear in person. Any victims/victim representatives may appear virtually or in person. Fact-Finding hearings will be held in person. For more specifics on Juvenile proceedings, please see the Administrative Order re Juvenile Matters dated March 11, 2022, posted below.
Dependency Matters. Dependency hearings may be attended in person or virtually at the party’s discretion unless required to appear in person by the Court. All Shelter Care, Fact-Finding/Disposition hearings will be held in person. However, Shelter Care, Fact-Finding/Disposition hearings may be held virtually upon prior approval of the court. For more specifics on Dependency proceedings, please see the Administrative Order re Dependency Matters dated March 11/2022, posted below.
- March 11, 2020 - Administrative Order re Mitigation
- March 11, 2022 - Administrative Order re Juvenile Matters
The Juvenile Division of Probation Services focuses on:
- Prevention and early intervention programs,
- Improved community safety through offender supervision,
- Providing avenues for community education and involvement, and
- Representing children’s best interest in dependency matters.
The Juvenile Court is a division of Superior Court and has exclusive original jurisdiction over most juvenile proceedings. The Court is responsible for all BECCA Bill (Truancy, At-Risk Youth, Children in Need of Services) matters, Child Abuse and Neglect (Dependency cases), Diversions, and most Offender cases. Juvenile Court is funded from the county's current expense budget and grants received from the State of Washington. If you are interested in learning more about Juvenile Court, you may contact James W. Madsen at (360) 427-9670 ext 332.