Arizona Juvenile Courts – Terminating Parental Rights by Jury Trial in Arizona: A First Year LookMay 1, 2005
This report, Arizona Juvenile Courts – Terminating Parental Rights by Jury Trial in Arizona: A First Year Look, examines the legislative mandate initiated in December 2003, without additional funding, to allow jury trials for termination of parental rights hearings based on a parent’s request.
This first year look at jury trials reveals that this mandate affects the juvenile court’s resources and case flow
management and places significant additional burdens on all parties to these proceedings, including CPS, the Attorney General’s Office and attorneys representing children and their parents. This strain on system resources also indirectly harms other children’s cases because scarce resources are redirected to the jury trial process. The critical question is whether the benefits of the jury trial process outweigh the potentially negative consequences on the permanency goals of all the children in the state’s foster care system.