A pre-recorded streaming VIDEO replay of the October 2014 webcast, Practice in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court.
GAL Continuing Credits: 2.0
Note: Your GAL certificate may be found at the front of the written materials.
Topics covered include:
- Introduction to the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
- Age and subject-matter jurisdiction
- The philosophy of the juvenile justice system
- Diversion Strategies in the Juvenile Courts
- In delinquency cases
- For domestic relations cases
- Pretrial Procedures and Considerations in the J&DR Courts
- Notice requirements
- Discovery in civil, criminal, and delinquency cases
- Right to counsel and the role of a guardian ad litem
- Best Practices
- Effective motions practice
- Trials in the J&DR Courts
- Effective preparation and presentation of dispositional alternatives
A lawyer probably has no role more challenging than that of an attorney in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations (J&DR) District Court. Whether appearing as a guardian ad litem in an abuse and neglect proceeding, defending a juvenile charged with delinquency, or representing the Commonwealth in a delinquency matter, the attorney faces enormous challenges. Counsel in juvenile proceedings must be prepared to handle the complex problems of children and families increasingly beset by poverty, violence, and drug abuse. Counsel must be able to understand the various roles an attorney must play in different types of juvenile proceedings. The role of the guardian ad litem in an abuse and neglect proceeding is very different from the role of an attorney representing a child charged with a criminal offense. In short, nowhere is an attorney invited to use all of his or her skills as completely as when dealing with the lives of children and families.
Because the District Court has limited punishment powers, many attorneys believe they can just “wing it” through the process. That is a mistake! Knowledge of the specialized rules and procedures of the District Court is critical. The nature of the advocacy, too, often differs greatly from that of Circuit Court: the lawyer who doesn’t appreciate the differences may succeed, but won’t necessarily thrive.
This seminar is designed to provide you with a thorough grounding in practice before the J&DR District Court. Our faculty of two highly regarded judges, and a lawyer with extensive experience in that forum, will share their insights from both sides of the bench. If you haven’t appeared before the J&DR District Court before, you’ll be ready to do so when we’re done; if you’re already a veteran, you’ll get better. Join us for an informative two hours.