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Initial Dependency Bench Training

Judges are required to obtain and maintain professional competence through judicial education1. The AOC offers orientation and a variety of continuing education for judges with different bench assignments. Judges assigned to the dependency bench are required to complete an Initial Dependency Training within 120 days of assuming the assignment2. They are also required to attend the Dependency 101 training within 12 months of assignment to the dependency bench. Dependency cases can be complex, involving numerous parties, professionals, and services necessary to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in care.

To complete the Initial Dependency Bench Training, view the following three modules, completing a short quiz after each video. We have provided below the slides for the training as well as other helpful resources.

Presentation SlidesThe Dependency Process and the Role of the Judge, the Hon. Anna Young

Module 1

  • Into the Courtroom – Pre-Hearing Conference, Preliminary Protective Hearing
  • Can I Go Home Today – Temporary Custody, Reasonable Efforts, the FFPSA

Module 2

  • I Disagree – Adjudication Trial Skills, Disposition
  • Assessing Progress Toward Going Home – Review and Permanency Hearings
  • What are the Options – Moving Forward with the Right Permanency Plan

Module 3

  • Finalizing the Plans of Guardianship and Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption

Additional Resources


1 Arizona Code of Judicial Administration, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-302(I)(1)
2 Arizona Code of Judicial Administration, Part 1, Chapter 3, Section 1-302(I)(4)