Juvenile Court's Purpose

Blount County Juvenile Court

What is Juvenile Court’s Purpose? 
The Juvenile Court’s purpose is to effectuate the following public purposes:


  • Provide for the care, protection, and wholesome moral, mental and physical development of children coming within its provisions;
  • Consistent with protection of the public interest, remove from children committing delinquent acts the taint of criminality and the consequences of criminal behavior and substitute therefore a program of treatment, training and rehabilitation;
  • Achieve the foregoing purposes in a family environment whenever possible, separating the child from such child’s parents only when necessary for such child’s welfare or in the interest of public safety;
  • Provide simple judicial procedure through which this part is executed and  enforced and in which the parties are assured a fair hearing and their  constitutional and other legal rights recognized and enforced;
  • Provide simple interstate procedures that permit resort to cooperative measures among the juvenile courts of the several states when required to effectuate the purposes of this part; and
  • Generally, deinstitutionalize children who have not been found to be delinquent.