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A division of District Court, the Juvenile Court addresses matters concerning delinquency, child in need
of supervision (CHINS) and dependency involving children under eighteen years of age. Cases are initiated by the filing
of a complaint and/or petition. Please contact the Intake Officer,
Kelly Wilhite, to begin the process.
Shelby County Juvenile Court - Intake and Probation
Shelby County Courthouse
First Floor, Room 136
112 North Main Street
P.O. Box 1253
Columbiana, AL 35051
Monday through Friday
8:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.
Fax: (205) 669-3704
In order to process delinquent cases, a copy of the police report is mandatory. Any additional
information available concerning the incident is appreciated.
Child In Need Of Supervision
Involving a child who is alleged truant, runaway, or ungovernable.
A child who has runaway from home causing his/her whereabouts to be unknown, should be reported
to law enforcement for immediate assistance. If unable to locate the child, a copy of the police report should
be brought to the Intake Officer to allow a petition to be filed and a juvenile pickup order issued.
A child alleged ungovernable must be illustrating ongoing behavior problems in the home
whereby current or past counseling efforts have failed. The Court requires that significant ongoing attempts in
counseling be made to address these behaviors before approaching the Court for assistance.
A child alleged truant is typically referred by school authorities from the jurisdiction of
attendance. Any attendance issue should be directed to the Student Services Division of the Shelby
County Board of Education at (205) 682-7046 or the Hoover Board of Education
at (205) 439-1051.
When pursuing legal custody of a child, the petitioner should initially consult the
County Department of Human Resources (DHR) and request a "Home Study Packet" for completion and submission
to that agency. Once the home study process is completed by DHR, a representative from that agency will
direct you to file your custody petition with this office. DHR can be contacted at (205) 669-3000, Monday
through Friday from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M..
Private attorney petitions are required to complete the same home study process before
any disposition will be rendered. Furthermore, at the time of filing, the actual petitioner must appear
to be sworn and affirm to the allegations made in the attorney prepared petition. It is preferred that
attorneys refer their clients to DHR first to initiate/complete the home study process prior to filing the
Both mailing and physical addresses for all parties to the case must be available for
filing a case with the Court. Doing so will expedite service and ensure notification to all parties concerned.
There are no filing fees to pay at the time of filing.