Juvenile Court Participants
March 29, 2022
In Person Court Hearings (effective April 11, 2022) (AMENDED)
The recent and sustained precipitous decline in COVID infections, combined with the rescission of the mask mandate, signal the time to return to more in-person court hearings. Below please find specific information organized by docket.
JUVENILE OFFENDER DOCKET
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, all youth, attorneys for youth, prosecutors, and probation counselors are required to attend court in-person.
SAFE AND ITC COURT
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, all SAFE and ITC Court participants, their attorney(s), and probation counselors will attend court in person. Treatment providers and other SAFE Court team members may attend court hearings via Zoom.
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, all participants of HOPE Court will attend court hearings in person. Treatment providers, attorneys, and other HOPE Court team members are permitted to remotely participate in pre-docket and the HOPE court docket via Zoom.
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, all attorneys (parent, AAG, and dependent children) are required to attend the dependency docket in person. Parents, child advocates (CCCA), guardians ad litem (GAL), and interpreters involved in dependency proceedings may appear either in person or via Zoom.
All truancy proceedings shall continue to be conducted via Zoom.
AT RISK YOUTH
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, all youth, attorneys, and probation counselors are required to attend court in-person. Parents may attend in-person or via Zoom. Based on individualized circumstances, the probation officer may excuse a youth from attending in-person and participate via Zoom.
Fact findings, both offender and termination matters, will be held in-person. Fact findings for dependency matters may be held in-person or via Zoom, which location will be determined at time of readiness hearing.
All universal readiness hearings will continue to be conducted via Zoom.
Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022, adoption hearings will be held in-person at the juvenile courtroom. For those who cannot attend in-person, they may participate via Zoom.
Seating inside the courtroom will be available for attorneys, probation counselors, CCCA/GAL, and a limited number of spectators. The lobby area will serve as a waiting/staging area. While in the court room, all participants are required to wear a facial mask. All dockets and fact findings will continue to have a hybrid component (a Zoom option) to allow for judicial officers to participate remotely.