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HB 0613 - Juvenile proceedings; hearings; general public; admit

Tracking Level: Monitor
Sponsor: Manning,Judy 32nd
Last Action: 3/1/2007 - House Second Readers
House Committee: JudyNC
Assigned To:
07. Juvenile CourtsNext Bill

Staff Analysis of the Legislation

Amend Chapter 11 of Title 15.  Relating to juvenile proceedings.  This bill would admit the general public to hearings in juvenile court with certain exceptions (i.e. adoptions).  This bill would also authorize the juvenile court to close a hearing under exceptional circumstances upon its own motion or by a motion of a party (i.e. allegation of an act which would constitute a sexual offense, it is in the best interest of the child).  This bill would prohibit the media from publicizing the name, identity, or likeness of any child involved in a juvenile court proceeding and prohibit the inspection of files and records by the general public of a proceeding in juvenile court without an order of the court.  This bill would permit certain persons (i.e. the child who is the subject, a guardian ad litem) and the DFCS to inspect files and records without an order and provides that certain records may be sealed (i.e. records containing information identifying a victim of an act which would constitute a sexual offense).  

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