Orleans Parish Juvenile Court

JV Court HomeWelcome to the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court (OPJC), a judicial institution committed to upholding the Louisiana Children's Code and providing exceptional services to children, youth, and families in our community.

Our mission is to administer justice fairly, efficiently, and compassionately in all matters brought before us. We strive to create a safe, supportive environment where the rights and well-being of every child are protected and nurtured.​

OPJC Budget, Fees, and Special Meeting Information

All fines and fees, including, but not limited to, bond, bond processing fee, traffic and adoptions.

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Orleans Parish Juvenile Court

(504) 658-9500 (504) 658-9570 Email Orleans Parish Juvenile Court

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Holiday Hours

Programs & Initiatives
Behavioral Health Services

Behavioral Health Services seeks to deliver support services to juveniles and families residing in and around the Greater New Orleans area.  BHS offers Parenting Education for both Teens and Adults, as well as a youth Anger Management group.

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Drug Court

The Orleans Parish Juvenile Drug Court Program is a treatment –centered system that assists juveniles with substance abuse problems and their families in leading productive, substance e-free and crime-free lives. The program offers intensive rehabilitative services in a structured and supportive environment. 

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Electronic Monitoring Program

The Orleans Parish Juvenile Court (OPJC) uses electronic monitoring technology, as provided by the City of New Orleans through the Orleans Parish Sherriff’s Office (OPSO)

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Family in Need of Services

The Families in Need of Services (FINS) became effective in all courts having juvenile jurisdiction on July 1, 1994, as Title VII of the Louisiana Children’s Code.

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Intake

Screening and Assessment: The Intake & Assessment unit serves as the entry point to the juvenile justice system, evaluating all youth who have been arrested using an objective decision-making tool known as the Risk Assessment Instrument (RAI)

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Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

The Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) was designed to support the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults.

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Juvenile Justice Model Court Project

Orleans Parish Juvenile Court (OPJC) has made a commitment toward improving its handling of juvenile delinquency cases by joining the Juvenile Justice Model Courts Project of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

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Orleans Detention Alternative Program

ODAP is a pre-adjudication alternative to detention program that seeks to ensure that youth will return for court appearances and do not re-offend while under supervision.  ODAP Youth Advocates work with youth who are high need but not high risk to the community.

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Restitution/Community Service

The main goals of restitution and community service programs are to hold offenders personally accountable for their crimes and to make reparations to victims either directly or indirectly

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Girls Reaching Out Works Wonders

The G.R.O.W.W. Program will provide an education, inspirational and supervised environment for low to medium risk young women currently involved with the Orleans Parish Juvenile court. 

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Men Engaging in Leadership and Opportunity Works

MELOW is a pre-adjudicatory program designed to serve as an alternative to secure detention, intervention/prevention course of action, and mentoring program for teen male status offenders and post adjudication probation teen males.  The mission of the MELOW Program is to provide additional support to at-risk youth who are involved in delinquent and/or high-risk behaviors. 

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Latest News

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January 11, 2021 | From City of New Orleans

City Releases Juvenile Justice Programming Handbook on System-Involved Youth

The Office of Youth and Families and the Office of Criminal Justice Coordination released the 2021 City of New Orleans Juvenile Justice Programming Handbook, which contains detailed information on the City’s programs offered to system-involved youth.

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September 17, 2019 | From City of New Orleans

MAYOR CANTRELL CELEBRATES JUVENILE JUSTICE INTERVENTION CENTER JOB FAIR

NEW ORLEANS — Mayor LaToya Cantrell today joined other officials to meet with prospective job applicants and staff at the Juvenile Justice Intervention Center's first-ever Job Fair to help fill as many as 70 new positions. Mayor Cantrell also helped celebrate the unveiling of the Center's new signs after its renaming from the Youth Study Center.

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May 29, 2019 | From City of New Orleans

MAYOR CANTRELL ANNOUNCES JUVENILE JUSTICE INITIATIVES


NEW ORLEANS – Mayor LaToya Cantrell today announced plans to curb juvenile crime and offer effective solutions to ensure that young people are safe in our city while promoting public safety.

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