Projects & Outreach: Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts
The Supreme Court Commission on Children in the Courts, created in 2005, consists of judges, lawyers, representatives of the legislative and executive branches, and children’s advocates. Its charge is to study systemic issues and make recommendations to the Supreme Court to ensure that the court system is as responsive as possible for children who interact with, or are directly affected by the courts. It is co-chaired by Judge Everett O. Inbody, Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, and Douglas County Separate Juvenile Court Judge Douglas F. Johnson, who is a Past President of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The main work of the Commission is done in subcommittees.
Examples of the Commission’s past and present priorities include: 1) researching and making recommendations to expedite the appellate process, 2) developing guidelines and training recommendations for lawyers who represent children in cases involving abuse & neglect, juvenile law violations, and family dissolution & child custody, 3) developing recommendations for court practices to provide greater oversight over children’s educational needs, 4) developing recommendations and protocols for collaborative practices, including pre-hearing conferences, mediation, and family group conferences, and 5) studying and making recommendations regarding inconsistencies in guardianship laws and practices.
The Commission meets twice yearly to review subcommittee progress and work products relating to the Commission’s goals, to investigate system concerns, to research more effective and efficient approaches to cases involving children, and to make recommendations to the Supreme Court.
Commission Meeting Dates, Agendas, and Meeting Summaries:
2015 Commission Meeting Dates:
- June 12, 2015
- December 4, 2015
- 2014 Commission Meeting Dates:
Past Commission Meeting Agendas and Summaries: (click to expand)
- Friday December 4th, 2009 (agenda, meeting summary)
- Friday June 12th, 2009 (agenda, meeting summary)
- Friday, December 15, 2006 (agenda, meeting summary)
- Friday, August 25, 2006 (agenda, meeting summary)
- Friday, May 5, 2006 (agenda, meeting summary)
- Friday, March 17, 2006 (agenda, meeting summary)
Judicial Commission Subcommittees:
- Subcommittee on Case Progression Standards
- Subcommittee on Implementing National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Delinquency Guidelines
- Subcommittee on Immigration Issues
- Subcommittee on Guardians ad Litem
- Subcommittee on Tribal/ State Court Collaboration
- Subcommittee on Parenting Time
- Subcommittee on Expedited Appeals
- Subcommittee on Attorneys Representing Children/Youth
- Subcommittee on Children in District Court
- Subcommittee on Foster Parents' Participation
- Subcommittee on Parents' Attorneys' Standards & Training
Is to conduct research, analyze policy, and provide education and community service. The purpose of CCFL's activities is to enhance the well-being of children, youth, and families.
Children are extraordinarily precious members of society, they are exquisitely alert, sensitive, and conscious of their surroundings; and they are extraordinarily vulnerable to maltreatment or emotional abuse by adults who refuse to give them the profound respect and affection to which they are unconditionally entitled.
- Wisdom of the Elders, quoted in Kids Are Worth It, by Barbara Coloroso, ch. 1 (1994).