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§1.02 Responsibilities of Judicial Officer

In addition to hearing juvenile dependency cases, you should [Standards of Judicial Administration, hereinafter SJA Standard 5.40(e); WIC §202(d)]:

  • Provide community leadership in determining the needs of and developing the resources for at-risk children and their families;
  • Find prevention, intervention, and treatment resources;
  • Order and enforce the delivery of services for at-risk children and their families;
  • Develop cooperation between agencies that serve at-risk children and their families;
  • Maintain a close liaison with school authorities;
  • Evaluate the criteria for removal and reunification from the local Department of Social Service’s (DSS) or other local child welfare agency;
  • Always act in a manner consistent with the public safety and welfare;
  • Take an active part in the formation of a community-wide network to focus attention and resources for at-risk children and their families;
  • Educate the community, through every possible means, concerning the role of the juvenile court;
  • Encourage development of community resources to assist homeless, truant, runaway, and incorrigible children; and
  • Be familiar with all detention facilities and placements to be used by the court for at-risk children and their families.


If you are a presiding juvenile court judge, you should also [SJA Standard 5.40(c), (d); WIC §202(d)]:

  • Establish minimum standards of practice and training for attorneys and ensure that they meet minimum training and continuing legal education standards;
  • Encourage attorneys to practice in juvenile court for at least two years, and preferably three to five years;
  • Encourage public law leaders to raise the status of attorneys working in juvenile court, and ensure that attorneys are compensated in an equivalent manner to attorneys appointed in other types of cases;
  • Regarding special education, develop training programs for judicial officers, attorneys, volunteers, law enforcement personnel, court personnel, and CASAs; and
  • Promote a resource center that makes information about juvenile court practice available to all participants in the juvenile system.

REFERENCE >> You are encouraged to follow the guidelines established by the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), and published as the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases (Spring 1995). [SJA Standard 5.45(a).] See also the Adoption & Permanency Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse & Neglect Cases (Fall 2000). These publications are available at the NCJFCJ Web site.

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