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Juvenile Dependency Hearings

A CJER Online Course

We hope you enjoy the course as you learn about the nuts and bolts of juvenile dependency hearings. The course focuses on the types and sequence of hearings, the necessary findings at each hearing, and the terminology used in these proceedings.

Learning Objectives

Online Coursework Credit

Minimum education requirements, expectations, or recommendations, including fairness and access 3.5
Special education requirement—family n/a
Special education recommendation—juvenile 3.5
Qualifying judicial ethics n/a
DV component
Temporary judge training 3.5
MCLE Credit
Legal Ethics n/a
Elimination of Bias n/a
Substance Abuse /
Mental Illness

After taking this course you will be able to:

  • List the juvenile dependency hearings in proper sequence
  • State the statutory time limit for scheduling each hearing
  • Recognize grounds for exercising jurisdiction over a child
  • Match key findings and orders to the appropriate hearings
  • Apply selected juvenile dependency law principles to hypothetical situations
  • Identify when Title IV-E and ICWA requirements apply
  • Define words and phrases unique to juvenile dependency court

We estimate that all three Parts of the course may take you 3.5 hours to complete, depending on your experience. If you cannot complete the course in one session, consider completing it in three sessions. For example, you can first complete Part 1, which covers the initial proceedings, and then go on to Part 2, covering jurisdiction and disposition hearings. In a final session, you can complete Part 3, which covers review hearings and the .26 hearing.

This course contains various activities and quizzes. These are training exercises for your own practice only; no record is made of any of your responses to the course activities or quizzes.

Your feedback is important to us for the development of future courses. After finishing this course, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form. After completing the evaluation, you may print a certificate of completion. This course will help satisfy your continuing education needs.

Click on “How to Use” below or plunge directly into the course by clicking on “Table of Contents” to the left, or simply click “next” below.

Legislation, rules, and cases updated through January 1, 2012.

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