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Navigating Custody & Visitation Evaluations in Cases with Domestic Violence: A Judge's Guide: This PDF document was developed under grant number SJI-03-N103 from the State Justice Institute. The points of view expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the State Justice Institute. (Comment on this Guide: A Mixed & Dangerous Tool (Source:http://www.thelizlibrary.org/liz/dangerous-tool.html Document File))
Related Reading: Standards of Practice for Attorneys Representing Parents in Abuse and Neglect Cases - ABA- 2006 (Download pdf) This document out lines the many responsibilities of what lawyers are susposed to do when working with their client. May want to download and review this to document what your lawyer actually does, in your particular experiences. Sections include: 1) Summary of the Standards; 2) Basic Obligations of Parents' Attorneys; 3) Obligations of Attorney Manager; and 4) Role of the Court.. (Check out other Lawyer Related Information)
Simply put, the best way to say it would be that Judges Bench Books are the instruction manuals on how a Judge can or should rule and/or preside over a case. The biggest benefit to providing access to the Bench Books is it gives people a chance to have "inside information" to help them better anticipate what they're facing, and possibly help them defend themselves better. It also shows/proves any incentive that the Judges may have for ruling a certain way.
With regard to the California Judges Bench Guide 200, it actually has a "recommended ruling" section and "Judicial tips" when deciding how to rule on dependency and neglect cases where the children have already been taken by CPS/DCF. The recommended ruling (at least for California) is to keep the children in the custody of CPS/DCF so that the state doesn't become ineligible for the Title IV funds. Currently there is an effort to get all of the Bench Books for all the states to see if the other 49 states have the same "recommended rulings" that California does.
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Note: This is the bench book provided by the Court Improvement Project as part of its training program. It can be downloaded or printed.
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Title: Juvenile Court Dependency Benchbook.
Available from: Oregon Judicial Department Office of the State Court Administrator
Abstract: Benchbook is intended as a guide for juvenile court judges and referees. It provides general information on juvenile law, court procedures, and recommended practices. It ...
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