Welcome to the 17th Circuit - Juvenile Division
The Seventeenth Judicial Circuit includes both Johnson County and Cass County in Missouri. Each of the two counties has a Juvenile Office that serves the children and families of that county. The Johnson County Juvenile Office is located in Warrensburg, Missouri and the Cass County Juvenile Office is headquartered in Harrisonville, Missouri.
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Johnson County Juvenile Office
101 West Market, Suite 101
Warrensburg, Missouri 64093
660-422-7418 (answered 24 hours a day)
Cass County Juvenile Office
2501 West Mechanic, Suite 200
Harrisonville, Missouri 64701
816-380-8475 (answered 24 hours a day)
Beverly Newman, Chief Juvenile Officer Receives Award
Beverly Newman, Chief Juvenile Officer of the Seventeenth Circuit, received the annual Andrew Jackson Higgins Award by the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association at its 2017 Fall conference.
The Higgins Award comes as Newman is preparing to leave her position as Chief Juvenile Officer in the Seventeenth Circuit and assume a new role as Court Programs Manager.
Newman has served as the Chief Juvenile Officer in the Seventeenth Circuit for thirty years. The Seventeenth Circuit covers Johnson and Cass Counties, and her offices are in Warrensbug and Harrisonville. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Central Missouri, and management and supervision certificates from Missouri State University’s Management Development Institute. Bev is a Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Fellow in the area of juvenile justice diversion and is also a Certified Court Manager through the Missouri Court Management Institute.
Under Newman’s leadership, the Seventeenth Circuit Juvenile Division has been selected to develop several innovative youth programs by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Bev has also spearheaded the development of services such as the Cass County Youth Court, programs to address school attendance problems for young children, and supervised visitation to help reunite parents with their children.
In addition to her work in the Seventeenth Circuit, Newman has assumed leadership roles in many statewide initiatives to improve youth services provided by the court system. She has chaired committees to improve juvenile detention facilities in Missouri and created standards for juvenile officer performance. She has served as a Board member and President of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, a member of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Task Force, and the Children’s Justice Task Force.
The Honorable Andrew Jackson Higgins, June 21, 1921 – September 14, 2011, is remembered for being a gracious humanitarian and for his lifetime commitment to serving the best interests of Missouri’s children. From 1979-1991, Judge Higgins served as a Missouri Supreme Court Judge and was Chief Justice from 1985-1987.
Throughout his lifetime, Judge Higgins worked tirelessly to improve the conditions of the juvenile justice system in Missouri. The annual award by the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association is given to a juvenile justice professional who shares Judge Higgins’ dedication and commitment to youth.