Arizona Judicial Branch


 Dependency Judges Training

 Dependency Video Series

The Court Improvement Program provides annual training to Judges assuming a new assignment involving dependency cases pursuant to Administrative Order 99-08.

Dependency 101 was held May 5-7

Dependency 102 Judges Training will be held on November 17, 2014.

The Court Improvement Program is pleased to provide a video training series regarding various topics affecting dependency cases. The presentations will provide viewers an excellent opportunity to explore critical issues associated with the Arizona Dependency Process.   

  • Dependency - Judges
  • Dependency - Attorneys
  • Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Volunteer Conference 

Dependency Attorney Training

 Arizona Dependency: An Introduction to Child Representation

Attorneys representing children in court proceedings face different, and often more difficult, challenges than attorneys representing adults.  Our goal is to assist child advocates and attorneys by providing convenient access to legal resources, advice and support.

 Dependency Attorney Training provides access to high-quality, up-to-date information for all judicial officers, attorneys, and other professionals working in Arizona’s dependency system, and outlines how a dependency case moves through the court system.

Who can attend:

Judges, attorneys, and other professionals involved in the juvenile dependency process.

 Sampling of Training Topics:

  • The Dependency Process “Federal and State Regulations & Case Law Update”
  • Duties & Ethical Responsibilities of the Dependency Attorney
  • Standards for Child Representation
  • Fact Patterns and Professionalism (Ethical Scenarios)

Upcoming dates:

  • Graham/Greenlee, Sept 25, 2014
  • Coconino, October 16, 2014
  • Yavapai, October 24, 2014

Flyer forthcoming

Attorneys in attendance will explore foundational statutes and decisions and will discuss ethical scenarios illustrative of the juvenile dependency process. Participants will also examine the effects of abuse and neglect on children and discuss the array of services available for children and families involved in cases of abuse and neglect.

This training is required pursuant to Rule 40.1 of the Arizona Rules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court and is to be completed prior to counsel’s first appointment as Attorney or Guardian ad Litem representing a child in a juvenile dependency matter.

August 1, 2014, Flagstaff, AZ

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 The Dependency Process

State and Federal Child Welfare
Law Review

The Court Improvement Program developed an on-line tutorial to provide a brief overview of the dependency process.

Join Ann Haralambie as she discusses several topics including:
  • Federal Statutes and Constitutional Case Law
  • Proving Abuse and Neglect
  • Child Development , Memory & Suggestibility
  • Ethics and Standards of Practice

 Redbook Training

Child Welfare Law Specialization – The National Association of Counsel for Children (NACC) is now offering this highly desired specialization to Arizona judges and attorneys representing children, parents and the state child welfare agency.  This certification has been endorsed by the American Bar Association and approved by the State Bar of Arizona.  Please visit the NACC website for information on how to apply for this certification.  Please note that there are a limited number of waivers for both the application and exam fees so interested attorneys should act quickly.

Red Book Training – This one day training covers the major competency areas of child welfare practice.  Please see the attached flyer for training information. You’re encouraged to register promptly as there will be limited seating for this event.

 Upcoming Events

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