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Attorney Logo Juvenile Division


Kate Richtman, Director

The primary duty of the Juvenile Division is to prosecute juvenile offenders (ages 10-17) who do not qualify for pre-court diversion.  Prosecutors screen cases presented by police investigators and determine whether delinquency charges are warranted. In addition to public safety concerns, the prosecutor must consider the particular needs of the juvenile. The Juvenile Division handles juvenile cases ranging from petty offenses (e.g., tobacco and alcohol) to homicide.

As part of the charging process, the prosecutor must also decide whether to file motions to certify a child to stand trial as an adult or designate the child an Extended Jurisdiction Juvenile (EJJ). These decisions are based on the severity of the offense as well as the child's age, prior offense and programming. The Juvenile Division also handles the following types of Children in Need of Protection and Services (CHIPS) matters: educational neglect, truancy and running away.

Truancy Intervention Program (TIP)

The Truancy Intervention Program (TIP) was created in 1995 as an early-intervention program designed to improve the attendance of students 6 to 17 years old. All five Ramsey County school districts have actively participated in the Truancy Intervention Program from its inception.

TIP is diversion program that consists of a three-step process involving progressively intrusive interventions to compel students and their parents to address the truancy/attendance problem in a positive manner. Students with as few as three unexcused absences may be referred to TIP. The student's family is sent a letter informing them of the attendance problem and requiring them to attend a large group meeting where an assistant county attorney discusses the legal, social and individual ramifications of continued poor attendance.

If school attendance does not improve after the initial intervention, the student and parents are required to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) hearing. At this hearing a school attendance contract is negotiated with the students and the parents. If attendance fails to improve following the SART hearing, a truancy petition is filed in Ramsey County Juvenile Court and an expedited hearing is scheduled.

Since 1995, more than 35,000 students have been served by TIP, with a large percentage of students in the program consistently showing improved attendance.

Family TIP (FTIP)

TIP originally focused on students in junior high and high school. In response to school and community encouragement, the County Attorney’s Office expanded TIP in 1999 to serve children in kindergarten through grade 6, creating the Family Truancy Intervention Program (FTIP). Ramsey County Community Human Services joined this effort.

Like TIP, FTIP is a diversion program that consists of a three-step process involving progressively intrusive interventions to compel parents to address the attendance problem in a positive manner. Parents who have a child who has been absent three or more days may be referred to FTIP. The student's family is sent a letter informing them of the attendance problem and requiring them to attend a meeting where an assistant county attorney discusses the legal, social and individual ramifications of continued poor attendance.

If school attendance does not improve after the initial intervention, the parents are required to attend a School Attendance Review Team (SART) hearing. Students over the age of 10 may also be required to attend this hearing. At this hearing a school attendance contract is negotiated with the parents. If attendance fails to improve following the SART hearing, an educational neglect petition is filed in Ramsey County Juvenile Court and an expedited hearing is scheduled.

Since 1999, nearly 11,000 students have been served by FTIP, with a large percentage of students in the program consistently showing improved attendance.