The Administrative Office of Courts is responsible for the development, implementation,
and administration of a statewide system of juvenile probation services for all
juvenile courts and juvenile divisions of family courts.
There are currently 348 certified juvenile probation officers in the State of Alabama.
The majority of them, 229, are employees of the Alabama Unified Judicial System.
The remaining 119 are judicial employees of the counties of Jefferson, Madison,
Morgan, Montgomery, and Shelby.
All juvenile probation officers are appointed by and serve the presiding judges
of the states juvenile courts and juvenile divisions of family courts. Their primary
- To serve as intake officers of the courts in the initiation of juvenile cases and
the screening referrals to detention and shelter care of children who are taken
into custody without orders of the court.
- To make investigations, reports and recommendations to the court and to the Interstate
Compact for Juveniles concerning children charged with delinquent acts and child
in need of supervision offenses.
- To supervise and assist children who are subject to informal adjustment agree-ments,
consent decrees, or court-ordered probation or aftercare.
- To participate with other public and private components of the juvenile justice
system to improve services to children and families at the local and state level.
- To collect and compile statistical data for the Administrative Office of Courts.
The Family Court Division certifies juvenile probation officers according to established
minimum standards. These standards require initial training for certification of
approximately 30 hours and continuing education for annual recertification of at
least 12 hours.
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