A Crisis Reveals the Need to Modernize Juvenile Courts
This week, I received word that many courts – including the juvenile court in which I practice – were closing. That is, for the indefinite future, my court would not be holding any hearings, other than emergency hearings, to address whether a child needs to be removed for their immediate safety.
Child Welfare is a System in Need of Umpires
A few weeks ago, a retired judge shared with me how he’d reform juvenile court. He remarked, “I’d tell judges they shouldn’t be umpires. They need to do more than call balls and strikes.
Hearings: A Rural Judge Talks About Small Town Child Welfare Courts
In the least populated state with many expansive miles between communities, Wyoming faces some unique challenges when it comes to meeting the needs of its kids in foster care. In a state that spans almost 100,000 square miles, there were just 1,247 youth in foster care in the entire state in 2018.
Hearings: The Era of Closed Courtrooms Should End
For more than a century, there has been a tradition of maintaining confidentiality in the juvenile and family courts, where abuse, neglect, juvenile delinquency, and even paternity cases are held. In various forms, virtually every county or jurisdiction in every state has a specific court or judge designated to hear issues related to children and families.
Hearings: The Day I Became a Family Defense Lawyer
This week, a forthcoming major study will demonstrate that high-quality, legal representation of parents by institutional providers in New York City got children with their families four months faster than those parents represented by solo practitioners.
Lawsuit Seeks Constitutional Right to Counsel for Kids in Three Indiana Counties
In a lawsuit that could theoretically set a precedent for legal guarantees in child welfare proceedings, a team of lawyers wants to force three Indiana counties to provide lawyers to all youth involved with the child welfare system.
California Passes Bill Banning Transfer of Juveniles Under 16
The California legislature has passed a bill that prevents juveniles 15 or younger from being transferred into adult court for any crime, a dramatic turnaround in a state that used to give wide discretion to prosecutors in seeking adult time for youths.
California Bill Would Deem Children Under 12 Too Young for Court
A bill winding its way through the California legislature would bar the juvenile justice system from hearing most cases of children younger than 12, an idea that has sparked a fierce backlash from district attorneys.
Ohio Judge Elected President of National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
According to Anthony Capizzi, his desire to become a judge originated from the enjoyment he experienced while working with families as a juvenile and family law attorney. He wanted to make a greater impact on the youth he represented during his years in private practice.