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§2.08 Informality of Hearings

You should conduct dependency hearings in an informal, nonadversarial manner, unless there is a contested issue of law or fact. [See WIC §350(a)(1); CRC 5.534(b).]

Dependency proceedings are adversarial in nature only insofar as the county child welfare agency is advocating a position which, if successful, may result in depriving a parent of his or her constitutional right to parent. [In re B.F. (2010) 190 CA4th 811, 816.]

The hearings are recorded [WIC §347; CRC 5.532(a)], but are closed to the public and granted calendar precedence. [See WIC §§345346; CRC 5.530(e).]


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