Delinquency Publications

Delinquency Benchbook -  PDF /  RTF

The Florida Delinquency Benchbook is a comprehensive resource designed to aid judges who are on the delinquency bench or who may expect to hear detention hearings. The benchbook provides information on every aspect of the delinquency process, examining the requirements of each hearing and what each participant may be expected to do. It is filled with flowcharts and quick reference guides for ease of use. Last updated November 2016. 

The 2016 Delinquency Flow Chart can be found here.

The 2016 Delinquency Hearings At-A-Glance can be found here.

Florida School-Justice Partnership Tool Kit

The Steering Committee on Families and Children in the Court (FCC) was charged with Administrative Order AOSC14-49: to develop and encourage the implementation of promising practices to help ensure that children involved in dependency and delinquency court stay in school and are less likely to be arrested, suspended, or expelled. Based on the administrative order, the FCC, through the coordination of Office of Court Improvement staff; developed a School-Justice Partnership Toolkit. The tool kit serves as a how-to-guide to implement and maintain a partnership. A school-justice partnership is a collaborative effort among courts, schools, state agencies, service providers, and law enforcement to keep children in school and out of court. For more details about how to develop a school-justice partnership, please click here:

Rules and Flowcharts

Rules of Juvenile Procedure -  PDF /  RTF

The Office of Court Improvement (OCI) has consolidated the Rules of Juvenile Procedure into a useful document; providing quick access to the relevant sections for each phase of the delinquency process. This document is provided to judges and other stakeholders throughout Florida.

Quick Reference Delinquency Flowchart -  PDF

The OCI created a quick-reference flowchart that provides at-a-glance information about the delinquency process. This flowchart is distributed as part of the Delinquency Benchbook, but due to its popularity, it is provided as a stand-alone document as well. Last updated November 2016.

Other Publications

Family Guide to Delinquency Court -  PDF

The OCI has produced a Family Guide to Delinquency Court. This guide, aimed at youths who come into contact with the Delinquency system, provides helpful information about the Delinquency process, the participants in any hearing and their roles, and possible outcomes. This guide has been sent to courthouses throughout Florida, and is available to other stakeholders as well. Last updated November 2016.

What's Going to Happen to Me? English / Spanish / Haitian Creole

The OCI has produced a comicbook guide to Delinquency Court for Teens. This guide is intended to inform juveniles about the Delinquency process, and provides useful information about every hearing, including definitions of those terms that may be unfamiliar to teens. This guide will be made available to teens and other stakeholders throughout Florida. Last updated April 2017. 

Tales From Delinquency Court

The OCI has produced a video detailing what Delinquency Court is like, as told from the perspective of a teen going through the delinquency court process.  

Tales From Delinquency Court

The Baker Act Bench Guide

This guide was developed to serve as an educational resource and a user-friendly reference for Florida circuit judges who are dealing with proceedings under the Baker Act.