Posts tagged ‘juvenile court’

September 9, 2014

New Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective (2014, hardcover, 461 pages)book cover
by Judge Leonard Edwards, publication made possible by the generous support of the Casey Family Programs and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation.

From the Foreword by the Hon. Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court:

“… Two goals of this book are to encourage judges and attorneys to be more assertive in their oversight of social service agencies and to examine the ‘reasonable efforts’ issue earlier in the case. …

“As juvenile court judges, we must find that reasonable efforts have been made to prevent the removal of children from their families, that reasonable efforts have been made to give families a meaningful opportunity to reunify after the children have been removed, and that reasonable efforts have been made to secure permanency for children. These findings must be made within the context of every case, taking into consideration the individual strengths and needs of every family and its members. The issues are varied and often complex. …

“For decades, Judge Edwards has been the conscience and the voice for juvenile court judges nationwide. He has helped define and shape our role more than any other juvenile court judge ever. Once again he has raised his voice to emphasize the importance of this part of our role in more depth than has ever been done before. State by state Judge Edwards reviews the statutory scheme on reasonable efforts, the existing case law on the subject and offers commentary from judges and other child welfare system stakeholders. …”

Contents include:

  1. Legislative History
  2. Federal Law and Child Welfare
  3. What is the Definition of Reasonable Efforts
  4. Aggravated Circumstances: When are Reasonable Efforts Unnecessary?
  5. The Indian Child Welfare Act and Active Efforts
  6. State Responses to the Reasonable Efforts Issue
  7. Recurring Factual Situations in the Trial Courts
  8. Challenges to Effective Use of the Reasonable Efforts Findings—Attorneys Representing Parents and Children
  9. Challenges to Effective Use of the Reasonable Efforts Findings—Judges
  10. Recommended Judicial Strategies
  11. Conclusion

Appendices—State-by-state analysis of statutes, case law, and commentary, forms, documents, benchcards, and more
Bibliograph

For eBook version, download:
.mobi file—can be opened in Kindle, including Kindle reader for PC. .epub file—can be opened in various eBook readers, including iBooks on iPad, and Adobe Digital Editions reader for PC. .pdf file—can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader and similar readers.

Juvenile and family court judges and attorneys may request a hardcopy of the book by writing to:

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Attention: Cheryl Davidek
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507

There is no charge for the book, but there will be a small charge for shipping and handling.

January 20, 2013

Ethics and the Juvenile Court Judge – Interview with Judge Leonard Edwards

An interview by a representative of the American Bar Association’s Child Law Practice. In it Judge Edwards explains why he wrote his most recent book, “The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Practice and Ethics.”

January 9, 2013

Working With Juvenile Court Judges in Morocco

A report on my recent trip to Morocco to train juvenile court judges, published in the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (PDF version for print)

September 15, 2012

NEW BOOK for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

THE ROLE OF THE JUVENILE COURT JUDGE: PRACTICE AND ETHICS
by Judge Leonard Edwards, Retired
Available from caljudges.org
[
See a brief video interview on this topic.]

BOOK REVIEW by Judge Margaret Henry

Juvenile Court is different and so are the ethics that apply to the judges who sit in Juvenile Court. I recall at an ethics training by CJER early in my Juvenile Court judicial career the instructor saying, “A judge may not accept a gift from any party, ever. No exceptions.” My hand shot up. She looked at me and repeated: “No exceptions.” I said: “What about a picture from an 8 year old autistic boy who is a dependent appearing in front of me?” She stared at me for a few seconds, and then said, “OK. There is an exception.”

There was nothing in writing at that time—more particularly, nothing in Judge David M. Rothman’s California Judicial Conduct Handbook that supported the position of an exception. Judge Rothman’s book is, of course, the gold standard of judicial ethics books. As comprehensive as it is, it does not detail the distinctions in the role of the Juvenile Court judge.

Judge Edwards’ new book explains the unique role of the Juvenile Court judge in the context of discussions of ethics. The book takes a very different approach, in structure and content, from California Judicial Conduct Handbook. Judge Edwards’ book uses hypothetical scenarios that Juvenile Court judges may encounter in their work on the bench, identifies practice and ethical issues, and proposes approaches, offering advice and solutions to the judicial officer. The focus is on practical, ethical issues that the Juvenile Court judicial officer encounters.

The book is well indexed and organized. It is divided into three parts: Running the Juvenile Court, Ex Parte Communications, and Working Off the Bench. Each has approximately 30 sections with several scenarios. The Table of Contents can be used to find an exact discussion of an issue facing a Juvenile Court judge.

The author of this book explains the unique role of the Juvenile Court judge and that judges must not shy away from the responsibilities that come with the role. The Introduction to the book should be mandatory reading for all new judges to the Juvenile Court. Experienced juvenile judges will read the Introduction and think, “Exactly. That explains the difference in our role.”

This is a book for specialists—Juvenile Court judges. It should be kept in easy reach of each of us in chambers, right next to the California Judicial Conduct Handbook.

August 25, 2012

Engaging the Family

Video: Reluctant Mother: a courtroom dramatization

How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early
Summer 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Placing Children with Relatives
Autumn 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Relative Placement in Child Protective Cases: A Judicial Perspective
Spring 2010, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Engaging Fathers in the Child Protection Process: The Judicial Role
Spring 2009, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Juvenile Court Corner: Engaging Fathers in the Child Custody Process
Winter 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Family Finding From a Judicial Perspective
October 2008, The Judges Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

The Transition to Group Decision Making in Child Protection Cases: Obtaining Better Results for Children and Families
Winter 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Finding Foster Kids’ Families Must Become Our Mandate
April 14, 2005, The San Jose Mercury News

Attachment, Bonding, and Reciprocal Connectedness: Limitation of the Attachment Theory in the Juvenile and Family Court
2000, Journal of the Center for Families, Children & the Courts (CFCC)

August 25, 2012

Juvenile Court Judges of California

Juvenile Court Corner: The History of the Juvenile Court Judges of California: A Twenty Year Perspective
Spring 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Protecting Children and Reuniting Families: History of Juvenile Dependency Court in Santa Clara County
January 2009, publication of the Bench & Bar Historical Society of Santa Clara County and the Santa Clara Superior Court Historical Committee

 

August 25, 2012

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge

Judicial Leadership in the Juvenile Court
November 4, 2013, National Council on Crime & Delinquency Blog

The Unique Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
This is the introduction to Judge Edwards most recent book, The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Practice and Ethics.   While it focuses on California law, it is generally applicable to juvenile court judges in all states.
[See a brief video interview on this topic.]

Key Principles for Permanency Planning for Children
July 23, 2011, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

Ethical Challenges for the Juvenile Court Judge
Winter 2011, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Some Thoughts on Judicial Leadership
Fall 2006, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge Revisited
Winter 2005, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Juvenile Court and the Role of the Juvenile Court Judge
1992, Juvenile & Family Court Journal

August 25, 2012

Running the Juvenile Court

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts and Timely Adoptions
Fall 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge
Spring 2017, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Should Judges Ask Questions? The Enquiring Magistrate
Fall 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Drug Exposed Infants: Perplexing Social and Legal Issues
(Graphic version of article)
Spring 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Congregate Care for Children
Winter 2016, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Placement with a Non-Custodial Parent
Fall 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

“Active Efforts” and “Reasonable Efforts”: Do They Mean the Same Thing?
Spring 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing Doesn’t Work: Here’s How to Fix
Winter 2015, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal: An Important New Case
Summer 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Court Corner: Parental Visitation in Child Protection Cases
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Working with Your Director of Children’s Services
Winter 2014, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Juvenile Record Sealing: The Q&A of Policy and Practice
Oct 18, 2012, Dui Hua Human Rights Journal

Establishing Paternity Promptly in Juvenile Dependency Court
Autmun 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Moving Cases from Juvenile to Family Court: How Mediation Can Help
536 UC Davis Journal of Juvenile Law & Policy Vol. 16:2 (Summer 2012)

How to Tackle the Problems Involved When a Case Moves from Juvenile to Family Court
Spring 2012, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Representation of Parents and Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases: The Importance of Early Appointment
Spring 2012,  Juvenile Family Court Journal 

Resasonable Efforts
Summer 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Spring 2011, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Psychotropic Medications
Spring 2011, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Intake Decisions and the Juvenile Court System
Autumn 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Let’s End the Secrecy in Juvenile Court
Summer 2010, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Interim Hearings
Autumn 2009, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

The Impact of Judicial Behavior in Juvenile Court Proceedings
Winter 2009, Juvenile and Family Justice Today

Juvenile Court Corner: Judicial Rotation–One Judge-One Family
Spring 2008, The Bench, the official magazine of the California Judges Association

Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
October 2007, The Judges’ Page Newsletter, The National CASA Association

Achieving Timely Permanency in Child Protection Courts: The Importance of Frontloading the Court Process
Spring 2007, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Confidentiality and the Juvenile and Family Courts
Winter 2004, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Relationship of Family and Juvenile Courts in Child Abuse Cases
Spring 1987, Santa Clara Law Review—Volume 27

Dealing with Parent and Child in Serious Abuse Cases
August 1983,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Role of the District Attorney in Juvenile Court: Is the Juvenile Court Becoming Just Like Adult Court?
1979, Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The Significance of Juvenile Records
February 1979,  Juvenile and Family Court Journal

A Study of Juvenile Record Sealing Practices in California
Pepperdine Law Review 543 (1976-1977)

The Defense Attorney at the Dispositional – the need for a social worker
December/January—1976–77, NLADA Briefcase

July 15, 2012

Videos – Programs That Work

Wraparound Services

Wraparound services are a new and important approach to working with children who have mental health difficulties.  These services have spread quickly throughout the country.  This film explains what wraparound services are and how they work with children and families.  EMQ Families First of Campbell, California, has spearheaded the development and growth of wraparound services.  The staff at EMQ Families First is featured on the video.

Mentor Parent Program

The Mentor Parent Program of Santa Clara County hires graduates from the local Family Drug Treatment Court as mentors to parents entering the treatment court.  It is an expansion of the Mentor Mom program started in Santa Clara County over 10 years ago.  Through the voices of mentor parents, this video explains why the program has been so successful.

Dependency Mediation

Dependency mediation is one of the best practices that many juvenile dependency courts have used over the past 20 years.  Santa Clara County, California, Jefferson County, Kentucky, and San Francisco County, California, are featured in the video along with national experts on mediation.