Juvenile Court (Remann Hall)
Please refer to the following documents for the latest update on the COVID-19 risk and the most current policy changes concerning Pierce County Juvenile Court.
April 1, 2020
In response to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Pierce County Juvenile Court wishes to modify some of the procedures originally set forth in its Emergency Order 20-07 issued on March 19, 2020. Under that order, the Court suspended all dependency review hearings and permanency planning hearings until after April 24, 2020. The hearings between March 23, 2020 and April 24, 2020 were to be rescheduled for the same type of hearing five weeks from the currently scheduled hearing date, at the same scheduled time.
During the time period between March 19, 2020 and today’s date, all dependency system partners have worked together to accomplish the directive to reduce in-person court appearances and to promote social distancing. The Court has developed a phone system that enables participants to appear telephonically for the essential hearings conducted by the Court during this time period. Attorneys and participants have become more comfortable with using the telephone system.
The suspension of dependency review hearings and permanency planning hearings has undoubtedly created a logjam of cases to be heard when we come out of this pandemic. With that understanding, and with a desire to move these cases forward, the Court is modifying some of its procedures from Emergency Order 20-07, as follows:
1) Beginning Monday, April 13, 2020, the Court will resume hearing, by phone, the regular dependency review dockets. These consist of the Red docket on Monday morning, the Yellow docket on Tuesday morning, the Green docket on Wednesday afternoon, the Light Blue docket on Thursday morning, the Lavender docket on Thursday morning, and the Dark Blue docket on Thursday afternoon.
2) Telephonic appearances are approved for all participants on these dockets. A call-in number and conference code will be available for each courtroom where the dockets are scheduled. All attorneys are to call in one-half hour before the scheduled docket (call in at 8:30 a.m. for the morning dockets and at 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon dockets) so that there can be a discussion by counsel as to whether orders will be agreed or contested and, if contested, what the issues are going to be.
3) Attorneys are encouraged to get a telephone number for their client so that they can text their client shortly before their hearing is to begin so that they can call in. This would include social workers as well. The GALs/CAAs are encouraged to develop a system where a point person can remain on the line and notify the designated GAL/CAA when their hearing is about to begin. This is designed to prevent large numbers of people waiting on the phone through other hearings.
4) Agreed orders on review hearings and permanency planning hearings can be submitted to the court ex parte. Any orders generated after a contested hearing will be circulated among all counsel for review and approval by email before entry of the order with the Court. Neither original nor electronic signatures by attorneys are needed if not available.
5) Motions that would normally be scheduled on the dependency review dockets may be noted as of April 13, 2020. The Court will not be limiting motions to only emergency motions (immediately critical to child safety and health) beginning that day. However, to expand capacity on the dockets, the Court will be deciding motions on the pleadings and without oral argument beginning April 13, 2000.
Thank you to all our justice partners as we continue to respond to the needs of the community as well as to the health and safety of our partners and the families that we serve.
Presiding Juvenile Court Judge
The Pierce County Juvenile Court has exclusive jurisdiction over those juveniles within Pierce County who violate the criminal laws of this state or who are in need of protection and/or advocacy as a result of abuse, neglect or abandonment. The Juvenile Department provides probation, court, detention and adoption services.
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