Explaining Process and Advising Parties of Their Rights
initial hearing, unless waived by counsel, you must read the petition
to those present and inform them about [WIC §§316, 353;
reasons for the detention (if the child was detained);
purpose of the proceedings; and
happens if the petition is sustained.
the parties about and confirm that they understand their rights [WIC §§316, 316.1, 353; CRC 5.534(g),
(k), (m), (n), (p)]:
be represented by counsel at every stage of the proceeding unless
waived, and to appointed counsel if indigent [WIC §§316, 317, 353; CRC
assert the privilege against self-incrimination [WIC §311(b); CRC 5.534(k)(1)(A)];
confront and cross-examine witnesses and persons who prepared reports
or documents submitted to the court [CRC 5.534(k)(1)(B)];
use court process to obtain witnesses [CRC 5.534(k)(1)(C)]; and
present evidence [CRC 5.534(k)(1)(D)].
advise the parent or guardian that they must [WIC §316.1(a); CRC 5.534(m)]:
a mailing address to the court; and
the court, in writing, of any change of mailing address [see form JV-140].