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Court Observation Form Webinar. Office of the Child’s Representative November 5 th , 2013 | Linda Weinerman, Executive Director. Purpose of the Court Observation Form Webinar. Inform attorneys of the OCR’s court observation process Share the court observation forms used in D&N and JD cases

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Court observation form webinar

Court Observation Form Webinar

Office of the Child’s Representative

November 5th, 2013 | Linda Weinerman, Executive Director


Purpose of the court observation form webinar
Purpose of theCourt Observation Form Webinar

  • Inform attorneys of the OCR’s court observation process

  • Share the court observation forms used in D&N and JD cases

  • Provide data points based on observations from the previous year

  • Answer questions from OCR attorneys


Why does the ocr conduct court observations
Why does the OCR conduct court observations?

Court Observations Provide:

  • Objective and independent information about OCR attorneys

  • A sense of child welfare practice in individual judicial districts

  • An opportunity for self-evaluation during the OCR renewal application and evaluation process


Ocr s considerations
OCR’s Considerations

  • OCR recognizes that court observations provide only a snapshot of an attorney in the courtroom

  • In evaluating attorneys, OCR considers the following:

    • Court Observations

    • Writing Sample

    • References

    • CARES Reports

    • Stakeholder Survey Data

    • Self-reporting questions on the actual OCR application

  • The court observation forms represent an evolving process as we fine-tune the questions and categories in the forms


Dependency neglect court observation form
Dependency & NeglectCourt Observation Form

  • Data points collected are based on CJD 04-06 requirements and OCR practice expectations for GALs

  • Form was designed to collect objective data, as the OCR has multiple observers completing the form

  • OCR reviews dockets and pulls case information prior to court observations, so that forms are pre-populated with case-specific data


Q1 child present including any electronic means
Q1) Child present? (including any electronic means)

Basis for data point

FY13 Data

  • Nationally recognized best practice

  • GAL responsibility to give children voice

  • Statutory provisions:

    • §19-1-106(5)

    • § 19-3-502(7)

    • § 19-3-702(2), (3.7)

  • Impact on the proceedings

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q2 was this child given the chance to address the court
Q2) Was this child given the chance to address the Court?

FY13 Data

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q3 did gal address efforts to get child to attend
Q3) Did GAL address efforts to get child to attend?

FY13 Data

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q4 did gal provide current independent info about this child
Q4) Did GAL provide current, independent info about this child?

CJD Provision

FY13 Data

  • 04-06(V)(D)(1)

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q5 did gal state last contact with child in fy13 when s he last saw child
Q5) Did GAL state last contact with child? (In FY13, “...when s/he last saw child?”)

CJD Provisions

FY13 Data

  • CJD 04-06(V)(D)(4)(a),(5)(a), 06(V)(D)(5)(b)

  • CJD 04-06(V)(B)

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q6 did gal clearly state a position
Q6) Did GAL clearly state a position? “...when s/he last saw child?”)

CJD Provision

FY13 Data

  • CJD04-06(V)(C)

  • CJD 04-06(V)(D)(1)

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Q7 did gal state child s position
Q7) Did GAL state child’s position? “...when s/he last saw child?”)

CJD Provision

FY13 Data

  • Providing current information to the court includes a statement of the child’s position, when the child’s position is ascertainable based on the child’s developmental level. CJD 04-06(V)(D)(1)

  • 216 Observations

  • 358 Children


Juvenile delinquency court observation form
Juvenile “...when s/he last saw child?”)DelinquencyCourt Observation Form

  • The JD form is a data collection tool, used to inform practice standards and collect general information about GALs in JD cases

  • The JD form is one way to investigate anecdotal information about GALs in JD cases


Questions
Questions? “...when s/he last saw child?”)

  • To ask a question, type into the “Questions” box in the GoToWebinar toolbar.


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