Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court generally controls cases that involve juvenile offenders in traffic and criminal cases. It handles traffic, misdemeanor and felony charges with defendants under the age of 18 years, and in some cases retains jurisdiction of defendants until the age of 21. In some serious cases this court may turn cases over to the Circuit Court if the juvenile is going to be certified as an adult.
This court also handles cases of crimes involving family members such as domestic assault. These can be adults as well as juveniles and can involve non family members who are living together. Those adults who are charged with felony cases in this court will have their cases transferred to the Circuit Court after the case reaches a certain point.
Cases in this court are handled by a judge. If you require a jury trial these cases must be appealed or transferred to the Circuit Court.