Juvenile Probation

The juvenile court process is a very complex and often misunderstood system. This information is presented to inform the citizens of Lancaster County of the basic operation of the juvenile court process, the role and responsibilities of the Office of Juvenile Probation and the programs and services offered to juvenile offenders and families.

Purpose of the Office of Juvenile Probation
Juvenile probation officers are responsible for the guidance and supervision of juveniles, between the ages of 10-17 years old, who are referred by local police departments, agencies, or private citizens as a result of having committed a crime which is considered to be a misdemeanor or a felony. Additionally, probation officers insure that juveniles who are placed on probation abide by their probation rules, receive appropriate court related services, are referred to other community services when necessary, and coordinate with schools, agencies, employment / training programs, and other services within the community.

The Process
All juveniles referred are processed through the Juvenile Court Intake Unit. The juvenile intake officer is responsible for screening and investigating the referral, determining the method of handling and making referrals to other agencies when appropriate. This process may involve an interview with the child, parents, school personnel, other agencies, and the referring agent.