Can a minor go to court with another adult that isn't their parent and not get in trouble?
3 attorney answers
I concur with Mr. Rafter. Go with him, be prepared to explain, and be prepared to be shut down and asked to not participate. Good luck!
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Yes, technically someone with legal custody over the minor is supposed to come. It says so on the petition for delinquency (the “charge”).
But you can certainly go with him and try to give him good advice and encouragement. If the court asks Him where his parents are, he can explain why they’re not there. And let the court know you have come to support him.
The judge may be very interested in your input, since you are the only adult parental figure who cares about this young man.
Just be clear that you have no legal custody of this person, but you want to help him however you can.
You may certainly accompany him to the building, sit in the audience and support him that way.
You may not speak on his behalf or represent him.
Has he asked for a public defender (assuming he is facing criminal charges). What kind of court? Small claims? General District? Criminal? Civil?
What is mother wants is outrageous. She should be reported to CPS immediately.