The involvement of responsible citizens in the California Juvenile Justice System dates back to 1903. At that time, a newly adopted state statute required that in each county the Judge of the Juvenile Court appoint seven citizens of good moral character to be known as the Probation Committee.
These Probation Committees were provided with the legal framework to examine private institutions accepting wards of the court, investigate and report on juvenile cases before the court, provide friendly supervision and visitation, and nominate the county probation officer as well as approve of the probation officer's deputies.
The work of these committees continued until the Arnold-Knnick revision of the Juvenile Court Law. In accordance with this revision, members of the Probation Committee became Juvenile Justice Commissioners.
The San Diego County Juvenile Justice Commission was created in 1965 through a mandate issued by the State of California. Welfare and Institutions Code Section 229 states that "It shall be the duty of the Juvenile Justice Commission to inquire into the administration of Juvenile Court Law in the county or region in which the Commission serves."
The Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) fulfills a judicial role that mandates the Commission to inquire into all activities surrounding the administration of juvenile justice regarding both delinquent and dependent children from the time they are taken into temporary custody by law enforcement until they leave the juvenile justice system.
San Diego County's Juvenile Justice Commission is actively committed to fulfilling its responsibilities.