Juvenile Field & Court Services

  1. Diversion Services
  2. Court Services

The juvenile diversion program was created to divert cases that could be handled in lieu of a formal court hearing. Cases handled through diversion are primarily petty offenses, first time misdemeanor level offenses and truancy. The advantage to handling cases through the diversion/intake process is an expedited resolution to the matter and the child does not have a court record. Court cases are reserved for the more serious, repeat or high risk offenders and interventions, assessment and referrals are targeted to only those youth who are in need. The focus of the diversion hearing is to hold the youth accountable, offer resources, assess the youth for interventions needed, and inform the youth and family of potential consequences for similar behaviors in the future.

Youth are required as part of the diversion process to admit guilt before proceeding with the hearing. Youth have the right to a court hearing and to refuse participation in a diversion hearing at any stage of the process.

Juvenile Probation Services

Following a finding or admission of guilt, a juvenile offender may be ordered to probation. Immediately following their court appearance, youth ordered to probation are directed to Juvenile Corrections. A probation agent will meet with the parent and child to determine the appropriate level of supervision using a validated risk assessment tool. If the child is deemed high to very high risk to re-offend, they are assigned to an intensive field agent for supervision by the city where they currently reside. If the child is assessed at moderate to low risk to re-offend, they are assigned to a generalist agent by the current school they attend.

Anoka County has specialized caseloads for those youth designated Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (EJJ) or youth charged with a sex specific offense.


Chemical Dependency Evaluation

If the Court orders a Chemical Dependency Evaluation, it must be completed by the due date given by the judge. If you have no health insurance or your health insurance doesn't cover chemical dependency evaluations, you may be eligible for Rule 25 Chemical Use Assessment funding. Read more about evaluations and chemical dependency programs.

Mental Health Resources 

Empowers Youth Program

Anoka County Empowers Program is a voluntary program that provides employment and training opportunities to youth and young adults. We can help you get a good paying job in the field of your interest or we can help pay for you to attend a two-year college as well as everything in between.

Programming and Assignments

For information on educational programming and assignments, visit the Educational Programming and Assignments page.