The Mission of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
To provide a court of excellence for children, youth
and families by enforcing the Louisiana Children’s Code
The Vision of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
The long-term vision of the Judges of the Orleans
Parish Juvenile Court (OPJC) is to become a court of excellence that
effectively and efficiently hears and disposes of cases that are
brought in the areas of abuse and neglect, adoption, child support,
delinquency, juvenile traffic offenses, terminations of parental
rights, voluntary transfers of custody, voluntary surrenders and
other miscellaneous matters.
OPJC Judges Make New Year’s Resolutions
At the beginning of the year, individuals make many personal
resolutions for the New Year. This year, the Judges of the
Orleans Parish Juvenile Court have come together to make a set of
resolutions for the Court.
The Judges, taking stock of their past work and efforts at juvenile
justice reform, have set an ambitious course - all for the
purpose of ensuring public safety for our community and holding
youth accountable, while at the same time giving them “a second
chance.” That said, the Judges have resolved to:
as a team and trust others to do their best. Each of us should
know what role we play and regularly practice our skills to be our
personal best. We will work cohesively as a group to operate the
Court in an efficient, fair and productive manner;
to blend expertise by collaborating and leveraging resources with
other governmental agencies, juvenile justice stakeholders and
community organizations that serve our children and families;
defend and advocate for those who rely on us, giving special
attention to the needs of others at every stage of life who may not
know how to find their own voice;
to ensure a continuum of developmentally and culturally appropriate
youth and family services, with greater utilization of alternatives
to detention and confinement;
give up on a person or a cause, despite the challenges we face as we
recognize that perseverance is an attitude that exemplifies
leadership, attracts allies, and creates meaningful change; and
truth to power as we advocate with assertion, confidence and
commitment for effective and meaningful prevention, intervention and
rehabilitative policies and programs.
This upcoming year promises to be a year to move forward in an
effort to bring the Court to the next phase in reform efforts.
The Judges collectively embrace the challenges and look forward to
the progress of the Court in the years to come.
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and
should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.