The Circuit Court – Family Division are those cases where the Prosecuting Attorney is charged with the responsibility of bringing cases of child neglect or abuse to the court. In, addition, the Prosecuting Attorney handles cases of juvenile delinquency and involuntary mental admissions (in Probate Court). Juvenile delinquency petitions filed in 2003 increased 70% from 1993. These numbers are disturbing, but understandable, given the growth of Allegan County, the breakdown in American family values, and the high incidence of educating the community and reporting. Allegan County has and will continue to take an aggressive approach in the protection of our children. Allegan County has one Family Court/Probate Judge, and two Hearing Referees.