Q. What is Unofficial Court?
A. Unofficial means that you will not have a permanent juvenile record. A juvenile has only one opportunity to have a case heard in Unofficial. It's a one-time chance. You have the option to have an attorney during an Unofficial hearing, although it is not necessary.
Q. What's the difference between Official and Unofficial?
|Obtain record||No permanent record|
|May have multiple hearings (continuances, pleas, etc.)||One hearing permitted at this level|
Q. How long does it take for the hearing?
A. Hearings are scheduled in fifteen-minute intervals. However, each hearing is different, and some hearings may take longer. Timeframes vary on a day-to-day basis.
Q. Who is eligible to have a hearing in Unofficial?
A. A juvenile under the age of eighteen with a first-time minor offense in Hamilton County Juvenile Court.