Juvenile Court is a division of Clark County Superior Court operating under the administrative authority of the Superior Court judges . Except as otherwise provided in statute, it has exclusive jurisdiction over youth under age 18 who violate criminal laws or are in need of protection and/or advocacy as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment.
The court's mandate is multifaceted. Most importantly, the court's charges are to hold juvenile offenders accountable to the community and their victims and help the community provide youths and families resources for positive change and maturation. The scope of responsibilities stretches from courtrooms to living rooms, from police work to social work. It extends to children and families regardless of economic, social or cultural backgrounds.
The court, which dates to the early 1900s, provides for both the immediate and long-term safety of our community. To meet those challenges, it is sometimes buffeted by proponents of retributive, punitive philosophy and advocates of traditional individual treatment methods. Neither approach completely satisfies the needs of crime victims, the community or juvenile offenders.
Clark County Juvenile Court is committed to a holistic Balanced and Restorative Justice approach to fulfill its statutory duties. It seeks to create a justice system focused not only on short-term external control of offenders, but also the immediate and long-term needs of victims, the community and offenders, all of whom will benefit from interactions with the juvenile justice system. The commitment to Balanced and Restorative Justice makes Clark County Juvenile Court a leader not only in our community, but also the state and nation, in bringing forward new perspectives and understanding about how juvenile justice systems can serve community.
Current Administrator Christine Simonsmeier (2016- )
We will put our energy and resources into the future. Our focus will be on what needs to be healed, what needs to be repaid, what needs to be learned.
Juvenile Court historic photo gallery
Pre-expansion Main Entrance
Administrators of JJC
Past Administrators from left to right: Pat Escamilla (2008-2016), Ernie Veach-White (1994-2008), Gary Ripley (1983-1994), Robert Axlund (1960-1981). Not Pictured: Gene DiRe (1981-1983) Dean Matthew (1957-1960) D.M. Gilpin (1943-1957)