Service Tree

The Service Tree lists all services in "branched" groups, starting with the very general and moving to the very specific. Click on the name of any group name to see the sub-groups available within it. Click on a service code to see its details and the providers who offer that service.

Adoption Courts

State courts that handle the independent adoption of minors, the termination of parental rights in cases of abandonment, and the adoption or guardianship of minors who are dependents of the court.

Community Courts

Local courts whose function is to try cases involving vandalism, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, public urination, shoplifting, trespassing, prostitution and other offenses that affect the quality of life in a community. Most community courts are initiated by other courts or local district attorneys, are structured to serve a particular neighborhood and are located in the area they serve. A few serve entire cities. The specific focus of these courts depends on the nature of the problems in the communities they serve and the concerns of the residents and business people who live and/or work there. Offenders are often required to make restitution by providing service in the community in which their crimes were committed and may be ordered to participate in social services such as counseling, drug treatment and job training when warranted.

Drug Courts

Special courts that have been given the responsibility to handle cases involving drug-addicted offenders through an extensive supervision and treatment program. Drug court participants undergo long-term treatment and counseling sanctions, incentives and frequent court appearances. Successful completion of the program results in dismissal of charges, reduced or set aside sentences, lesser penalties, or a combination of these.

Family Law Courts

State courts that handle domestic relations cases including dissolution of marriages, nullification of marriages, legal separations, paternity actions, child custody, child support, visitation arrangements, spousal support and restraining orders; and which offer marriage and family counseling to help couples to reconcile or, if reconciliation is impossible, to reach an amicable agreement on a custody plan.

Reentry Courts

Special courts based on the drug court model that help reduce recidivism and improve public safety through the use of judicial oversight. Instead of the traditional responsibility of the court to an offender which ends when a defendant is sentenced by a judge, judges in reentry courts are actively involved in overseeing the transition of offenders. Responsibilities generally assigned to reentry courts include reviewing offenders' reentry progress and problems; ordering offenders to participate in various treatment and reintegration programs; using drug and alcohol testing and other checks to monitor compliance; applying graduated sanctions to offenders who do not comply with treatment requirements; and providing modest incentive rewards for sustained clean drug tests and other positive behaviors. Models include case-defined reentry courts where a sentencing judge can retain jurisdiction over a case during the entire life of the sentence; and reentry courts that are established as stand-alone courts where the court maintains an exclusive docket of reentry cases. In either model, it is expected that the judge will actively engage correctional administrators overseeing the period of imprisonment preceding release.

Small Claims Courts

State courts that hear civil cases involving no more than $5,000 and which require parties to the action to present their own cases. The judge hears both sides and renders a judgment.

Traffic Courts

State courts that hear cases which involve metropolitan area traffic violations.