Juvenile Court

The Juvenile Department is located within the Office of the Clerk of the Court located at the courthouse, 430 South Commerce Ave., Room 5, Sebring, Florida. The office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The telephone number is 863-402-6609.

Pursuant to Chapters 39, 984 and 985 of the Florida Statutes, the Highlands County Juvenile Court is operated as a separate division from other Clerk of Court offices and is divided into two sections, dependency and delinquency.

The delinquency section is responsible for processing all complaint affidavits and arrest reports filed by law enforcement agencies and for state attorney petitions filed against children charged with committing crimes. The Teen Court Program is a branch of the delinquency court and is coordinated through the Clerk's office. Teen Court is a diversionary program for selected first- and second-time misdemeanor offenders and selected first-time felony offenders.

The dependency section of Juvenile Court handles case files regarding children who are abused, abandoned, neglected, at risk, or children in need of services. Juvenile clerks assign case numbers and court dates, prepare court dockets and attend court sessions, issue summons and pick-up orders, and maintain and dispose of case files according to Florida Statutes, Chapters 39, 984 and 985. All juvenile case files are strictly confidential and every care is taken to preserve this confidentiality.

Agencies that work closely with Juvenile Court are:

  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Office of the State Attorney
  • County Sheriff's Office
  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender
  • Local Bar Association
  • Sebring Police Department
  • Lake Placid Police Department
  • Avon Park Police Department
  • Tenth Judicial Circuit Guardian Ad Litem
  • Highlands County School Board