Juvenile Delinquency


The 17th Judicial Circuit’s Juvenile Delinquency Division has four judges and the court presides over cases involving minors under the age of 18 who have allegedly committed a criminal offense under the Florida Statutes. After law violations, youth are taken into custody and are transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center for processing. JAC staff will conduct a detention risk assessment to determine whether the child can be legally detained at the State of Florida Juvenile Detention Center or released before the first court hearing. If a minor has committed a first or second non-violent offense, the State Attorney’s Office (SAO) may choose to offer the minor a diversion program. This is when the State agrees not to prosecute the minor if the minor agrees to certain conditions. If conditions of the diversion program are not met, the SAO can bring the case back to court for prosecution. If the minor is detained, a detention hearing must be heard within 24 hours of being taken into custody. At the time of the detention hearing, an attorney will be appointed if the minor/family has the inability to obtain counsel. At the time of the detention hearing, the judge will determine one of three levels of supervision: secure, non-secure, or home detention. If a minor is charged with certain felony offenses, the SAO can choose to “direct file” a case to adult court. If a case is direct filed, the minor is charged as an adult and faces the same sanctions as an adult. If a case remains in the Juvenile Division, the court must follow Chapter 985 of the Florida Statues and Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedures. The main hearings in a delinquency case (detention hearings, filing of petition, arraignment, trial and disposition) are required to meet statutory guidelines. The Juvenile Delinquency Division of the court, state agencies, and community partners work closely together with the goal of rehabilitation and/or treatment of the child and family rather than punishment. The Judges of the Juvenile Delinquency Division are:

HOPE TIEMAN BRISTOL (Admin. Judge - Unified Family)

Judicial Assistant: Nadine Turner
Phone Number: (954) 831-7882
Zoom Meeting ID: 690-396-951
Chamber: WW9135
Courtroom: WW9155
Division: JS/39/JG/JF/29/JE


Judicial Assistant: Lisa Cameron
Phone Number: (954) 831-7758
Zoom Meeting ID: 697-041-821
Chamber: WW9131
Courtroom: WW9170
Division: JT/46/JL


Judicial Assistant: Jamye Delsman
Phone Number: (954) 831-3599
Zoom Meeting ID: 790-655-6366
Chamber: WW9133
Courtroom: WW9150
Division: JQ/34/JK


Judicial Assistant: Shawnta Mallard
Phone Number: (954) 831-6344
Zoom Meeting ID: 959-2974-2162
Chamber: NW5850
Courtroom: NW5840
Division: JC


Judicial Assistant: Elizabeth Viera
Phone Number: (954) 831-7708
Zoom Meeting ID: 125-331-275
Chamber: NW4850
Courtroom: NW4840
Division: JD


Judicial Assistant: Jackie Sargiotto
Phone Number: (954) 831-6907
Zoom Meeting ID: 686-285-652
Chamber: WW9129
Courtroom: WW9175
Division: JO/32/JJ


Judicial Assistant: Chela Iverson
Phone Number: (954) 831-7396
Zoom Meeting ID: 186-476-648
Chamber: NW5820
Courtroom: NW5810
Division: JB

STACEY SCHULMAN (Dependency Chairperson)

Judicial Assistant: Kim Oliva
Phone Number: (954) 831-7628
Zoom Meeting ID: 556-448-344
Chamber: WW9137
Courtroom: WW9160
Division: JM/30/JH

Weekday Juvenile Detention

Zoom Meeting ID: 997-2512-2895

ELIJAH H. WILLIAMS (Delinquency Chairperson)

Judicial Assistant: Gina Trentacosta
Phone Number: (954) 831-6974
Zoom Meeting ID: 976-6059-9500
Chamber: NW7850
Courtroom: NW7840
Division: JA