The Court Improvement Program is designed to assess and improve court proceedings regarding foster care and adoption and to help maintain the focus on a child's safety, permanency and well-being. The Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1993 made grant funding available to all states for use in improving their juvenile justice systems. The grants were designed in recognition of the overwhelming pressures on juvenile courts including:
rapidly escalating judicial caseloads;
more difficult cases; and
growing complexity of the litigation itself.
The funding was designed to first enable state court systems to carry out an accurate assessment of their functioning, and then to develop and implement a plan that insures that both the spirit and the letter of recent reforms are in place for children.
A committee of the Court Improvement Advisory Workgroup has developed and proposed standards for attorneys and guardians ad litem representing parents in juvenile dependency matters. The committee is seeking input on the proposed standards in preparation for their presentation and request for approval by the Arizona Judicial Council.
Comment on Proposed Parent Representation Standards
- Memo from the Committee on Juvenile Courts (COJC)
- The Proposed Standards
To provide comment on any/all of the nine proposed standards, go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/AttorneyStandards.
Comments should be submitted by close of business on July 31, 2014.