Youth Services Officers are appointed by the Juvenile Court Judge Lee Bussart. The Juvenile Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all matters regarding children under eighteen years of age. The goal of the Juvenile Court and staff is to treat and rehabilitate youth. Children and families in crisis are aided by this department for intervention and conflict resolution. The Juvenile Court is devised to process all referrals regarding unruly, delinquent, dependency, and neglect or abuse cases. Our purpose is to ensure children under the Juvenile Court jurisdiction comply with all orders of the Court.
The Youth Services Officer (YSO) serves as a liaison for the child, family, victim, law enforcement, District Attorney's Office and attorneys. Complaints are screened through the Youth Services Office and juvenile petitions are filed when Court action is necessary. The Youth Services Office sets hearing dates, ensures all parties have been notified, may present an overview of the case in Court and advise the Judge as to available services in the community that the child and family may qualify for which may serve as an alternative to placement in state custody. The YSO may provide probation services, perform informal adjustments, assign public service work and must ensure all Court orders are followed.Representatives of the Marshall County Youth Services Office serve on the local Truancy Board, Safe and Drug Free School Panel, Child Fatality Review Board, Community Advisory Board, Marshall County Health Council, Child Protective Investigation Team and are active members of the Tennessee Juvenile Court Services Association.
Marshall County is an equal opportunity provider and employer.