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Title 3 of the Texas Family Code governs all proceedings, orders, and judgments regarding juvenile justice.

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Definition of a Child

"Child" means a person who is a) ten years of age or older and under 17 years of age; or b) 17 years of age or older and under 18 years of age who is alleged or found to have engaged in delinquent conduct or conduct indicating a need for supervision as a result of acts committed before becoming 17 years of age.

Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

In Fort Bend County, generally, the county courts at law have jurisdiction of all cases involving the delinquent conduct of a child within the meaning of Title 3 of the Texas Family Code. For certain types of delinquent conduct, the justice and municipal courts also have jurisdiction.

Juvenile Board

The juvenile board is comprised of various judges in the county with the authority to establish juvenile programs and oversee the juvenile probation and detention department.

Administration of Juvenile Court Records

The County Clerk, as clerk of court, is the custodian of juvenile court files for the county
courts at law. The duties include managing the court staff who assigns cases to the
appropriate court, attends hearings, maintains the data and documents in the case, and provides records access to authorized persons.

Prosecutor

The Office of District Attorney serves as the prosecutor charged with the responsibility of determining legal sufficiency and the desirability of prosecution.

Juvenile Probation and Detention

Under the authority of the juvenile board, this agency manages the processing, supervision and detention of juveniles that require such services.

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