Board of Juvenile Hearings

About the Board

The Board of Juvenile Hearings (Board) conducts a number of hearings with youth under the jurisdiction of the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). These hearings include:

  • Initial Case Reviews, held within 45 days of a youth’s arrival in DJJ;
  • Annual Case Reviews, a yearly check-in on a youth’s progress;
  • Discharge Consideration Hearings, to determine whether a youth is ready for release from DJJ to county probation supervision; and
  • Honorable Discharge Hearings to former DJJ youth who have completed probation and been in the community for at least 18 months.

The Board’s workforce includes an executive officer and three commissioners, appointed by the Governor and subject to Senate confirmation, as well as civil service hearing officers and administrative staff.

The Board holds monthly board meetings that are open to the public. Most board meetings are held at DJJ headquarters in Elk Grove, CA, although they may be conducted in other locations. Any member of the public may comment on Board-related business at an executive board meeting; however, comments regarding specific cases are not permitted and should be directed to the facility where the youth is housed. Meeting agendas are published at least 10 days in advance of the executive board meeting and are posted on the Board of Juvenile Hearings Monthly Meetings page.

BJH Contact Information

Board of Juvenile Hearings
Post Office Box 588501
Elk Grove, CA 95758-8501

Phone: (916) 683-7479