About Us

The East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court was created in 1990 by Act 158. Pursuant to Louisiana Revised Statue 13:161, Juvenile Court has original jurisdiction over all proceedings in the interest of children under seventeen years of age, except matters involving contested custody of minor children and emancipations.


The Court’s mission is:

  • To interpret and enforce the Louisiana Children’s Code and other statutes in a manner that ensures due process, fair treatment and justice to juveniles, parents, families, and other persons appearing before the court.
  • To ensure that juveniles receive the care, guidance, protective services, supervision, and control conducive to the needs of the child and the best interest of the community.
  • To improve the efficiency of the Court's services in order to provide effective and timely judicial response to the needs of juveniles and their families.
  • To coordinate services with the Department of Juvenile Services to provide rehabilitative treatment for children, a wide range of services for families, referrals to community resources and placement of juveniles outside the home when appropriate.