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Juvenile Court Services
At Risk Youth Process
AT RISK YOUTH PROCESS
Parent/Petitioner calls the central intake line for the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) and requests services. This creates a referral to the Social Worker in the FRS/FPS department.
Social worker calls parent to arrange an appointment. This appointment is used to gather information from the juvenile and parent/petitioner. The information gathered is used to write a "Family Assessment" Report which also includes recommendations from DCFS and whether they support filing or do not support filing. When this report has been completed the parent/petitioner is instructed to call Juvenile Court Services (JCS) to schedule an appointment to file.
An appointment is scheduled at JCS for filing in which the parent/petitioner and juvenile attend. At this appointment the case is given cause # and filed in the clerk's office with a notice of hearing. Filings are done on Tuesday's to give proper notice. All parties in attendance of this filing are then served Notice & Summons.
Declaration of service filed by JCS.
Request for attorney is sent to the Office of Public Defense (PD) by JCS. Counsel is appointed for the juvenile by PD. Parent/petitioner is responsible for retaining representation on their own since they are the moving party.
Counsel appointed, discovery provided by JCS.
Mediation/Round table discussion is arranged by JCS in which all concerned parties are to attend; Juvenile, parent/petitioner, attorney, DCFS and JCS. This meeting is used to reach an agreement/agreed order if possible which saves courtroom time. Out of this meeting we will know if we have an agreement or we have a contested petition.
FACT FINDING HEARING
Hearings are held on Tuesday's from 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM.
Copies of the court order provided to all parties by JCS.
Review date is set at 3 months.
Parents/petitioner monitors compliance.
If juvenile fails to appear (FTA) and has not been served due to runaway or refusal to participate the hearing is stricken and the matter will be heard if juvenile is able to be served. If juvenile is served the court may chose to enter a default order or an FTA Warrant.
Parent reports violations to JCS. Violations are listed in the form of an affidavit provided by JCS in which parent/petitioner signs under penalty of perjury.
Parent/petitioner signs Motion for Contempt provided to them by JCS. Motion with affidavit is attached to Order Setting Contempt Hearing and given to Superior Court for Judge's signature.
Original filed, Parent and Juvenile served with copies of filed documents.
Declaration of Service filed by JCS.
Court may review the case upon Parent/Petitioner's request. If a contempt has not been filed the typical sanction is Community Restitution hours purged by full compliance with existing order.
If the court finds the juvenile in contempt it is a finding of civil contempt. Sanctions are given and are always allowed to be purged typically by full compliance with existing court order.
Review date is set.
Copies of Court Order provided to all parties by JCS.
REVIEW ON CONTEMPT HEARING
Juvenile is found to be in compliance. Court Order entered indicating all days purged
Juvenile is found to still be in contempt and is ordered to serve however many days they have not purged but they may again have the opportunity to purge days by providing the court with a 9 page essay. Juvenile is taken into custody by Island County Juvenile Detention Officer. (JDO)
Once in custody the juvenile has the opportunity to write essay.
If the juvenile chooses not to write they will serve all days ordered.
If the juvenile chooses to write the essay, JDO will provide JCS with finished copy. Upon completion the Commissioner is called and the essay is faxed along with the Order Releasing which JCS provides. JCS will inform parent of the possibility of release.
If the Commissioner does not respond by 2:00 PM the documents will be taken to Superior Court for Judge's signature.
If the Judge/Commissioner signs the order releasing a copy will be provided to JDO and JCS will call to inform parent of release and timelines.
Parent reports runaway status to law enforcement and to JCS. Motion for Warrant and Order for Warrant are provided by JCS and are presented to Superior Court for Judge's approval and signature. Once approved it is filed with the Clerk's Office and a warrant is produced.
Clerk will provide JCS with warrant. Warrant will be taken to Island County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) with juvenile data and extradition information.
If juvenile is found and warrant served a hearing will be set. If the court is not able to hear the matter the day of pick-up the hearing will be held the next day.
Typically they are released to parent to reappear unless there is a significant chance the juvenile will not appear and then they can be held until the next ARY calendar.
Orders remain in effect for 180 days from the first review (9 Months) at which time the petition is dismissed or the parent/petitioner may request an extension for an additional 3 months if behaviors are continuing.