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It is vital to prepare yourself before you enter the Courtroom Doors
There a legal "biases" in our courts. However, if you are aware of them
you will have a better chance defending yourself.
"KNOWLEDGE is Power"

Judge Leonard Edwards wrote an article for the Judges Page on
the National CASA website where he says that judges need to stop
rubber stamping these cases and enforce the "Reasonable Efforts"
requirement, but they are afraid a "No Reasonable Efforts"
ruling could cost their state millions of dollars.  There is also at least one
Judges Bench Book (California) that is referred to as "The Smoking Gun">>>
because it very clearly states that the courts MUST rule during the initial
hearing (after removal) that it is contrary to the best interest of the child to be
returned home, otherwise the state is NEVER eligible for federal funding. 
You can see it for yourself at:
http://www.thesociologycenter.com/EvidenceBooks/Bench%20Guides%20SmallFile.pdf
on  pages 2, 3 and 13.
CA_Smoking_Gun

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Introductory Reading

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What are Judges Bench Books??

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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Judges Bench Guide in Your State

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California

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Colorado

  • Title: [Colorado] Juvenile Law Benchbook [Website].
    Author(s): Furman, David M.;Sidebotham, Theresa Lynn.;Stokowski, Rachel.
    Published: 2009
    Available from: Colorado Office of the Child's Representative
    URL: http://www.cobenchbook.com/
    Abstract: Designed for judges and attorneys in Colorado, this online benchbook provides information on relevant State and federal law governing juvenile services. Standards and guidelines are ...

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Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

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Georgia

Guam

Hawaii

Idaho

Illinois

Indiana

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Iowa

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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Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Maryland

  • Title: Maryland Child Welfare Benchbook.
    Published: 2009
    Available from: Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts
    PDF: http://mdcourts.gov/family/fccip/pdfs/MarylandBenchBook.pdf
    Abstract: Designed for judges in Maryland, this benchbook provides information on relevant State and federal law governing child welfare services in Maryland. Standards and guidelines are ...

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Mississippi

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New Mexico

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New York

North Carolina

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North Dakota

Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Tinian, Rota)

Ohio

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Oklahoma

Oregon

Title: Juvenile Court Dependency Benchbook.

Published: 2011

Available from: Oregon Judicial Department Office of the State Court Administrator

URL: http://www.ojd.state.or.us/JuvenileBenchBook.nsf?OpenDatabase

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 ...

http://www.ojd.state.or.us/JuvenileBenchBook.nsf/

http://courts.oregon.gov/OJD/reference/Documents/FAPA_Benchguide.pdf

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Pennsylvania

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Puerto Rico

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

Tennessee

 

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Texas

Utah

  • Bench Books | Litigation Section - Utah State Bar

    The Judges' Benchbook provides information sheets on trial judges within each judicial district. This project is a work in progress. As new bench books are ...litigation.utahbar.org/benchbooks.html -

Vermont

Virgin Islands

Virginia

  • District Court Judges' Benchbook

    File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat
    District Court Judges' Benchbook. PREPARED BY THE. VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF DISTRICT COURT JUDGES. OF VIRGINIA, INC. with the assistance of the Office of the ...
    www.courts.state.va.us/courtadmin/aoc/.../dcbench/cover.pdf - Similar

Washington

  • http://www.courts.wa.gov/content/PublicUpload/Commission%20on%20Children%20in%20Foster%2
    0Care/dependencyBestPracticeReport.pdf

West Virginia

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Wisconsin

Wyoming

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