Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Moment of Gratitude

On this day, I would like to reach out with gratitude to all the juvenile justice practitioners and advocates who fight the good fight every day to ensure that the juvenile justice system is a place of rehabilitation and not … Continue reading

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DCS Liable for Failure to Notify a Victim’s Family?

A November 26, 2013, decision by the Indiana Supreme Court (F.D., G.D., and T.D. b/n/f J.D. and M.D.; and J.D. and M.D. individually, v. Indiana Department of Child Services, Evansville Police Department, and Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office) held that DCS … Continue reading

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No Juvenile Jury Trials, But Right to a Jury Trial for Damage Caused by a Stray Animal?

In researching an article, I found a statute about stray animals and jury trials.  The legislature has determined that a fight over a stray animal and a fence is worthy of a jury trial, but, as noted in a previous … Continue reading

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There is Little Juvenile Court Confidentiality if You Want to Be a Lawyer in Indiana

The Indiana State Board of Bar Examiners 2014 application for the bar examination requires the applicant to answer the following question: “Have you ever been adjudicated delinquent in a juvenile court? Include matters that have been dismissed, subject to a diversion or … Continue reading

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Parents And Their Childhood Trauma’s Impact in CHINS Cases

The Fall 2013 issue of Rise magazine has several articles about parents who suffered trauma during their childhood and how that can impact their ability to parent children who are thrust into the juvenile court system.  Rise is written by … Continue reading

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There Are No Small Cases

Today, I was reminded that there are no “small” cases.  With the large caseloads and limited resources, it is easy to fall into the trap of prioritizing the “big” cases for the attention and time.  Trust me, after ten years … Continue reading

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A Miranda Warning That Requires More?

For juveniles, is it really enough to provide a formal recitation of the rights and Miranda warnings (from Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)), usually from a card or a document, without an inquiry about whether the child understood the … Continue reading

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