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The Orange County Juvenile Court is located at 301 The City Drive in the City of Orange.




Copyright 2004 - 2012.

The Orange County Juvenile Court handles all juvenile court matters

for all cities in the County of Orange.



Copyright 2004 - 2014.

Adjacent to the Orange County Juvenile Court is the Orange County Juvenile Hall.


Orange County Juvenile Court

The Orange County Juvenile court, also known as the Lamoreux Justice Center has approximately 6,200 delinquency new cases each year. There is one Orange County Juvenile Court presiding judge, six Orange County Juvenile Court Judges, and five Orange County Juvenile Court Commissioners that hear delinquency cases each day. Each court room at the Orange County Juvenile Court handles approximately 30 to 40 juvenile cases per day. Many of the Juvenile Judges and Commissioners at the Orange County Juvenile Court meet informally in the morning with the Orange County Juvenile deputy district attorney and defense attorneys in the judges chambers to discuss possible resolutions on cases. Present during these chambers discussions is a representative from the Orange County Probation Department known as the court officer. The court officer gives input to the judge on the minors background history and his peformance while on probation. This informal meeting process often helps expedite the handling of the court calender.

Although there are five court locations for adult matters serving the residents of the County of Orange, there is only one juvenile court serving the entire County of Orange and its 70 member cities.

The Orange County Juvenile Court is located at 301 the City Drive, Orange, California 92868. The court is adjacent to the Orange County Juvenile Hall, two minutes from the Youth Guidance Center and next door to both the Orange County Juvenile Probation department and the Theo Lacy Juvenile Annex. The court hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday.

Orange County Juvenile Court Community Service Hours:

If your child manages to avoid going to orange county juvenile hall, camp or the California Youth Authority, he or she may be required to perform community service hours. Community service hours is generally only authorized at a non-profit organization. The child cannot receive any type of payment for his or he services. The Orange County Juvenile Probation Department will generally accept hours from more than one work site. Proof of hours must be contained in a letter on letterhead stationery accompanying your time sheet. The time sheet must identify the charity with the organizaitons name stamped on the sheet and contain a signature and a telephone number.

Examples of non-profit organizations are: schools, the American Red Cross, the March of Dimes, the Police Activity League (PAL), American Cancer Society, WeTip Inc, senior citizen facilities, Boys & Girls Club, the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Midnight Mission etc.

Orange County Juvenile Court Legal Awareness Programs:

The Orange County Juvenile Court may order some children to participate in a Legal Awareness Program. Programs are availabe through Shortstop at (714) 480-1925, CSP-Parents, Youth and Law Program at (949) 975-1046, Orange County Youth and Family Services at (714) 543-8468, Kids 'N' Crime at (714) 554-8613, and NTSI at (800) 732-2233. Your child must send a copy of the certificate as proof of completion. Also make extra copies in case the original is lost. My office always recommends bringing extra copies to court. The Orange Juvenile Court, the District Attorney, the court officer and your criminal defense attorney should all have a copy.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to National Traffic Safety Institute (NTSI):

If your child is referred to this program you should sign up immediately as classes get full quickly. Make sure you sign up for the correct class. The classes are: Choice & Responsibility, Legal Awareness cl,ass (800) 732-2233, Polydrug (Drugs and Alcohol), and Youth Traffic Program. Call (714) 285-4858 for the Traffic Class. A copy of the certificate must be submitted as proof.

Orange County Juvenile Court Anger Management Program:

Persons from all walks of life need anger management counseling. Many children lack the skills to deal with difficult daily situations. They often watch their parents, family members or friends handle things and learn to blow up when they are upset. This is a very beneficial program. Programs are available through CSP a (949) 975-1046, Straight Talk (714) 828-2000, Orange County Youth and Family Services at (714) 543-8468, and Turning Point at (714) 547-8111. Send a copy of the certificate as proof of completion.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to therapy and Counseling:

If your child has been ordered into counseling, you must start the search for one immediately. Preferably the search should start the same day you leave court. Typically, the childs parents will have health insurance that will cover the cost of the counseling sessions. Kaiser, Cigna, Blue Cross, for example will generally have a list of reputable counselors who can provide this service covered by your insurance carrier. If you have no health insurance, you may consider someof the agencies that provide low cost couseling at Orange County Youth and family Services at (714) 543-8468, the Gary Center at (562) 691-3263, CSP at (949) 975-1046, and Western Youth Services with locations through out Orange County.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to a Drug & Alcohol Counseling:

Often this type of counseling is also covered by your health insurance. You may also want to consider The Gary Center at (562) 691-3263, Turning Point at (714) 547-811, and Western Youth Services located through out Orange County.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to a Alcohol & Education Programs:

Programs are avaialble through the Chapman House at (714) 288-9779, NTSI at (800) 732-2233, Orange County Youth and Family Services at (714) 543-8468, Turning Point at (714) 547-811, The gary Center at (562) 691-3263, and CSP at (949) 975-1046. Send a copy of the certificate as proof of completion.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to Sentencing Concepts Inc.

If your chiild is referred to this prgoram call (800) 355-6495 to register for this class.

Orange County Juvenile Court referral to a Sex Education Program:

The Orange County Youth & Family Services (SHARE) provides sex education programs at (714) 543-8463 and Turing Point at (714) 547-811. Send a copy ofthe program certificate as proof of completion of the Sex Education Program.

Orange County Juvenile Court Parenting Classes:

Programs are available through Back in Control at (714) 228-7323, Corbin Family Center (Santa Ana Residents only) at (714) 647-6557, Turning Point at (714) 547-8111 and the Orange County Youth & Family Services at (714) 543-8468.

Orange County Juvenile Court Essays & Reports:

The essay/report must be typed, double-spaced, "12 font" and well written. The reports should be proofed for spelling errors and grammer problems. Sloppy work, or a report showing no effort will be returned for rewriting.


Orange County Juvenile Court Judges


Honorable Maria D. Hernandez, Orange County Superior Court Judge, Dept 21

Judge Hernanedez received her law degree from Western State College of Law and her Bachelors Degree from UC Irvine.She worked from the law offices of Marlin Stapleton from 1992 to 1993 and for the Law Office of Patrick D. McNeal from 1992 to 1994. She was a senior deputy public defender for the Orange County Public Defender's Office from 1995 to 2006 and served as a Orange County Superior Court Commissioner from 2006 to 2009.

In 2009 Governor Arnold Schwarzenneger appointed her Superior Court Judge. Starting October 1, 2010, Judge Hernandez will oversee the Boys Court for Foster Children in her courtroom. Her court will offer court supervision, social services, and counseling for boys who have ended up in long term foster case due to being victims of neglect or child abuse.

The focus of the boys' court is to help them finish high school, keep them from ending up in delinquency court, and to learn practical life skills so they can eventually live by themselves successfully. Approximately 27 boys will be working with volunteer advocates and three male social workers. Judge Hernandez has also recruited police officers to help serve as mentors.

The Boys' Court is among several innovative programs that were designed in collaboration with Presiding Judge Carolyn Kirkwood.

A registered Republican, she is 50 years of age in 2014.

Honorable Julian Bailey, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Department 22

Judge Bailey is a very experienced bench officer. He received his law degree from UCLA Law School. He started his career as a Orange County Deputy District Attorney from 1975 to 1978. He worked as an Associate at the law firm of Giles, Callahan and McCune from 1978 to 1979. He was a Partner at the Law Firm of Dolan Bailey and Reoelle from 1979 to 1982. He was a Partner and attorney at the firm of Bailey and Bratt from 1982 to 2007. He served as a Juvenile Court Referee from 2007 to 2011 and a Superior Court Referee from 2011 ro 2012. He was appointed Judge of the Superior Court by Governor Jerry Brown in May 2012. He earns $181,292.00 as a Superior Court Judge.

Honorable Dennis Keough, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Dept 23

Judge Keough was appointed as a Orange County Superior Court Judge in December 2009 after having served as a commissioner since 1989. Prior to his work as a commissioner he worked as a referee from 1986 to 1989. Judge Keough was an assitant District Attorney for the Santa Cruz District Attorney's Office from 1981 to 1986. He earned a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Mississippi and a Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Long Beach.


Honorable Gary G. Bischoff, Orange County Juvenile Court Commissioner, Dept 31

Commissioner Bischoff graduated with his law degree from Western State University and was admitted to the bar in 1984. From 1984 to 1985 , he was a sole practicioner in Diamond Bar, California. He worked for the Juvenile Defenders from 1985 to 1989 and later at Steward & Barnett from 1989 to 1990. He was appointed a referee where he served for 10 years beefore being appointed commissioner in 2000.

Honorable Andre Manssourian, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Dept 33

Judge Manssourian started his career as an Orange County Deputy District Attorney where he was employed for 13 years before getting elected to the Orange County Superior Court. He is a graduate of Santa Clara University School of Law.


Honorable Cheryl Leininger, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Department 44

Judge Leininger started her court room experience as a Orange County Superior Court Clerk where she worked from 1970 to 1981. She graduated from Cal State Fullerton in 1978 with a degree in Business. She graduated from Western State College of Law in 1981. From 1982 to 1983 she worked for Silvas & Easton as a insurance defense lawyer. In 1983 she joined the public defenders office. In 1988, she became a Municipal Court Commissioner and was elevated to the Superior Court in 1998 when the courts consolidated.


Honorable Ronald Kreber, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Dept 41

Judge Kreber was appointed to the bench of South Orange County on October 31, 1990 by then Governor George Deukmejian. Judge Kreber previously served his country as a United States Marine. He also was a LAPD officer from 1963 to 1972 where he became a Sergeant of the Homicide Division. He worked as a Orange County Deputy District Attoney from 1987 to 1979. In 1974 the District Attorney of Orange County appointed him to serve on the first established Narcotics Task Force. He prosecuted violent felons for conspiracy to transport, sell and distribute dangerous and deadly drugs as well as other major felonies. He was awarded Prosecutor of the Year for his service on the Task Force in 1974. During his tenure with the District Attorney's Office he served as an Advisor to the Grand Jury from 1978 to 1979. Following his appointment to Municipal Court Judge, he was appointed by the California Judicial Council and the California Judges Association, to serve as an instructor to incoming new Judges in the areas of complex Civil and Criminal litigation. Judge Ron Kreber currently instructs new Lawyers on behalf of the Orange County Bar Association on these same subjects. Judge Ron Kreber is responsible for updating Police Officers of various Orange County Law Enforcement Agency's throughout the year on laws surrounding Search and Seizure.

Judge Ron Kreber has participated in many high school mentoring programs and has spoken at numerous service organizations.In 1995, Judge Ron Kreber was honored by both the Orange County Hispanic Lawyers Association as well the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association where he was selected as Municipal Court Judge of the Year.Judge Ron Kreber volunteers his time and efforts to programs such as Laura's House, Laguna Beach Youth Shelter and numerous others. Judge Kreber was the Chairman of Volunteers for CSP Youth Shelter in 1995 and 1996. He has been the Chairman of the Charity Golf Tournaments since 1980. He also participates as the Moot Court Judge for High Schools and Law Schools. Judge Kreber is well liked and highly respected by both both prosecutors, and defense lawyers.

Honorable Greg W. Jones, Superior Court Judge

Jones received his law degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and his bachelors degree from UCLA. He worked as a Orange County Public Defender from 1975 to 1980. He was in private practice 1980 to 1995, he worked at the law firm of Jones & Rubright. He ws appointed by the Orange County Superior Court as a juvenile court referee from 1995 to 1997. He was a Orange County Superior Court commissioner from 1997 to 1998. He was appointed Superior Court Judge by Governror Arnold Schwarzenneger in 2008. He is 64 years of age in 2012. He is a registered Republican. He takes over the court room previously held by Judge Kreber.

Honorable Jackie Brown Orange County Juvenile Court Judge, Dept 43

Judge Brown, earned her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and Bachelor of Arts degree from Mills College. She worked as a legal editor for Matthew Bender Legal Publishers from 1979 to 1980. From 1980 to 1984 she worked as a deputy disrict attorney from Marin County District Attorney's Office where she prosecuted a various felony and misdemeanor cases. From 1984 to 1989, she was in private practice handling personal injury and land use cases.

From 1990 to 1998, she worked as a senior research attorney for the Fourth District Court of Appeal where she researched issues involving both civil and criminal appeals. She also wrote memorandum of points and authories based on her legal research to the Court of Appeal and helped draft judicial opinions.

In May 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appoined her Judge to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard Behn. Brown is a Republican. She is 62 years old in 2014.

Honorable Donna Crandall, Orange County Juvenile Court Judge

Judge Crandall was elected in November 1992 as a Orange County Superior Court. At the time, Judge Crandall worked in the sexual assault and child abuse unit of the district attorney's office and has been a prosecutor since 1984. During her stint with the District Attorneys office, she worked in juvenile court, writs and appeals, felony panel, and finishing in the child abuse and sexual assault unit. She also served as assistant head of court at the Central Municpal Court and as a crimes against the elderly special prosecutor.She worked as a Superior Court clerk for 10 years and went to law school at night. She sworn in as a lawyer in December 1983. She received her AA degree from Santa Ana College in 1979, and her bachelor's degree in law from Western State University in 1981. Judge Crandall will be retiring soon, capping a career that began as a police typist some 37 years ago, working her way up the ladder in the court system.

Most recently, Judge Crandall is credited with helping expand helped the deferred entry of judgment court program whereby juveniles facing juvenile court prosecution facing a non 707 offense can apply to be part of a program whereby minors may earn the opportunity to get their case dismissed after completing a minimum of one year of court ordered conditions to earn the right to have their case sealed upon successful completion of the program. Minors who are successful in the program also do not have to submit a sample to the DNA bank. There is now a court room assigned specifically to address DEJ cases, and that is the courtroom where Judge Crandall is currently assigned.



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