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NCJ Number: 119320 Find in a Library
Title: Representing the Child Client
Author(s): M I Soler; A C Shotton; J R Bell; E J Jameson; C B Shauffer; L M Warboys
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 101
Sponsoring Agency: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
Albany, NY 12204
Publication Number: Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 87-72736
Sale Source: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
1275 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text is intended to provide attorneys who represent children and youth with a comprehensive understanding of children's rights and the statutory and case law related to protecting those rights.
Abstract: Litigating on behalf of children in correctional and mental health facilities focuses on strategic considerations prior to litigation, preliminary legal issues to consider, and issues related to classification and separation, health care, programming, the child's access to counsel and the family, and the use of restraints and punishment. A discussion of the legal rights of minors explains rights that are restricted based on age, the minor's right to contract, liability for tortious acts, emancipation, and guardianship. The representation of children in dependency proceedings is detailed with respect to the basis for dependency jurisdiction, Federal law regarding foster care placements, the role of the law in relation to shelter care hearings, procedures involved in adjudication and dispositional hearings, the termination of parental rights, and adoptions. The representation of children in juvenile justice proceedings covers the stages in proceedings for status offenders and delinquent offenders, confidentiality issues, and law relating to children under Federal jurisdiction. Additional chapters detail the representation of children in school disciplinary matters and other school issues, current research and procedures related to child witnesses, and issues related to health-care for low-income children. Footnotes, tables of cases and statutes, and index.
Main Term(s): Rights of minors
Index Term(s): Attorney ad litem; Attorney client relations; Juvenile court procedures
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