Hearings: How to Responsibly Open the Child Welfare Courtroom
Part one of this series discussed the historical nature of confidentiality, followed by a discussion of the societal forces that have changed including technologic advances, public and private communication such as social networking, increasing pressure on openness and transparency in government, and the growing need for support for resources including funding, staffing and leadership.
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.
HHS Will Not Discuss New Personnel
Filling the Senate-confirmed spots in the federal government is a time-consuming process. It is understandable that, as that process slowly grinds forward, cabinet leaders would bring in some short-term advisors to help shape early policy on issues.
Journalism in the Best Interest of the Child
A fortnight ago, the appeals court for the Second Appellate District in California invalidated a court order that had eased media access to Los Angeles County’s otherwise closed juvenile dependency hearings.
Community Advocates Protest in Support of L.A.’s Open Juvenile Dependency Courts
Demonstrators gathered outside the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Los Angeles today to express support for Presiding Judge Michael Nash’s 2012 blanket order easing media and public access to the County’s Juvenile Dependency Court.
An Argument For, and One Against, Open Family Courts
Sunshine Is Good for Children Matthew Fraidin, Associate Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Fraidin, who oversees a clinical program where students represent birth parents in maltreatment cases, delivered the following remarks within his testimony at a Washington, D.C.
A Court Without Judgment
A woman, with drawn cheeks and well into her forties, steps out of the juror’s box and takes a seat before Judge William Davis in his Siskiyou County California courtroom. She just had a relapse, another hurdle in a life-long struggle with drugs and alcohol that contributed to her son’s entrance into foster care six years ago.