The 12th District Court Service Unit (CSU) covers the County of Chesterfield and the City of Colonial Heights. The court service unit is broken down into four subunits: intake, probation, parole, and diagnostic. The court service unit uses risk assessment tools to better guide its decision making.
The intake unit reviews all juvenile arrest reports and determines a course of action for each juvenile. The options are intake conferences, diversion programs or court action. Intake officers base their decisions on the Code of Virginia, risk levels and prior records. The intake unit also provides intake services for domestic issues, and has a juvenile detention assessment team that reviews each incarcerated youth to ensure that confinement is the most appropriate decision.
The probation unit supervises juveniles placed by the court on official probation. The services provided are based on court orders, individual and family needs, and risk levels. All youths, along with their parents/ guardians, undergo a mental health screening administered by the local Community Services Board. This allows the probation officer to get a better understanding of the family's dynamics.
The parole unit is tasked with supervising youths who have been committed to DJJ. All youths on parole have an individual plan that addresses their ages, family situations, educational levels and job readiness potential.
The diagnostic unit implements the Standardized Disposition Matrix for all cases referred to their unit on behalf of the court. This unit conducts assessments and completes detailed court reports in compliance with DJJ policy and the Code of Virginia.
The CSU provides many services in-house or in conjunction with other local agencies to include a Family Resource Coordinator hired through Chesterfield County and one mental health provider in Colonial Heights who is employed by the District 19 community service board.
Please review the Data Resource Guide for more information and statistics.