Juveniles and Minors

Definition

The Mansfield Municipal Court of Record has jurisdiction over juveniles charged with Class C misdemeanor offenses and city ordinance violations. Juveniles are defined as persons sixteen (16) years of age or younger. The Court also has jurisdiction over minors who received citations for violations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code. Minors are persons 17-20 years of age.

Court Appearance

All juveniles are required to appear in open court accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The Court clerks will notify the parent/legal guardian and juvenile/minor of the date, time and place of any and all hearings on their citation(s). Failure of the parent or legal guardian to appear with the juvenile or minor is a separate misdemeanor offense against the parent or legal guardian. If the parent of legal guardian fails to bring the juvenile/minor to court a separate charge for contempt can be issued. Although not required by law, the Court clerk may notify the parent and/or legal guardian when a warrant for their arrest has been issued.

If the juvenile or minor fails to appear at his or her scheduled hearing, a Failure to Appear charge may be added to each of the underlying violations set for Court. A warrant for the arrest of a minor may also be immediately issued. Warrant fees and the additional fines for Failure to Appear will be added to each violation as well.

Failure of a minor to appear

If a minor fails to appear at his or her scheduled hearing, a Failure to Appear charge may be added to each of the underlying violations set for court.

Court Proceedings

Please note that all juvenile hearings are restricted due to seating and court capacity concerns. Therefore, only juvenile offenders and the offender's parent or legal guardian will be allowed in the courtroom during juvenile proceedings unless additional seating is available. Although younger siblings will be permitted, the Court reserves the right to remove any child who is disruptive to Court proceedings.

All persons entering the court are to be dressed appropriately. Shorts, halters/midriff tops, T-Shirts with vulgar or obscene illustrations, excessively baggy pants, and/or soiled or torn clothing are inappropriate. Every person shall also obey the court rules and shall conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner. The Bailiff shall remove any person in violation of the dress code or for being disruptive in court. Cell phones are prohibited and will not be allowed in the courtroom.