Court Departments

Court Administrator
Eric Shafer

Human Resources Director
Leigh Williams

I.T. Director
Shawn Rock

Brian Sanders

Finance/Operations Director
Brian Sanders


The Juvenile Court Administration department is under the direct supervision of the Court Administrator, Eric Shafer.  With more than 28 years of service to the Juvenile Court, Mr. Shafer started in 1994 as a Probation Officer and has held various roles within the Juvenile Court.  Mr. Shafer is responsible for supervising all operations of the Court to include 450 full and part time staff.  Reporting directly to Mr. Shafer are the Directors of the ten Court departments, as well as Volunteer Services, Psychological Services, Public Information, and the coordinators of Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative & Positive Behavior Intervention & Support.

The Juvenile Court employs 12 Magistrates who are appointed by the Juvenile Court Judges. A Magistrate is appointed by the Administrative Judge and has the powers and authority to hear cases on behalf of the Judges of this Court.  The Magistrates hear delinquency, traffic, dependency, abuse, neglect, custody, child support, parentage, unruly, contempt cases and related matters assigned to the Honorable Helen Wallace and/or the Honorable Julie Bruns.

Human Resources fulfills the functions of compensation management, recruiting, organizational development, training and benefits administration. In an effort to ensure the employment of the best-qualified applicants, Human Resources directs the pre-employment process which includes mandatory fingerprint processing. All Court job openings are posted here.

Information Technology is the silent backbone of the Court. The team is dedicated to supporting the Court’s 450 employees who require access to information technology systems on a daily basis. The team provides multi-level triage of user issues, along with support of the data processing needs of the Court, including the needs of the three schools within the Education Department.

Finance/Operations deals with the daily business operations of the Court, including accounts receivable, accounts payable, grant planning and writing. Members of the team are also dedicated to efficient operations of the physical locations.

The Psychological Services division is responsible for providing psychological evaluation services for referred youth to aid Court staff in case planning. Consultative services are available to assist in determining the best possible dispositional alternative. It is also the responsibility of this department to conduct competency and amenability evaluations, as directed by the Juvenile Court Judges or Magistrates.

Volunteer Services provides volunteer Guardian Ad Litems for neglected, dependent and abused children, and coordinates the Natural Helper mentorship program. More information can be found here.