Rule 41. Attendance at hearings
Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Procedure for the Juvenile Court
17B A.R.S. Juv.Ct.Rules of Proc., Rule 41
Rule 41. Attendance at hearings
A. Except as otherwise provided pursuant to statute or court rule, court proceedings relating to dependent children, permanent guardianships and termination of parental rights are open to the public. A court proceeding relating to child abuse, abandonment or neglect that has resulted in a fatality or near fatality is open to the public, subject to the requirements of (E) of this rule and A.R.S. § 8-807.01.
E. At the first hearing in any dependency, permanent guardianship, or termination of parental rights proceeding, the court shall ask the parties if there are any reasons the proceeding should be closed. For good cause shown, the court may order any proceeding to be closed to the public. In considering whether to close the proceeding to the public, the court shall consider:
F. At the beginning of a hearing that is open to the public, the court shall admonish all attendees that they are prohibited by order of the court from disclosing outside the hearing personally identifiable information about the child, the child's siblings, parents, guardians, or caregivers and any others mentioned in the hearing. A person who remains in the courtroom after the admonition submits to the jurisdiction of the court and shall abide by the orders of the court prohibiting disclosure of that information. Failure to abide by the orders shall be deemed contempt of court. The court shall explain contempt of court to all attendees, including observers, and the possible consequences of violating an order of the court. For the purposes of this subsection, “personally identifiable information” includes name, address, date of birth, social security number, tribal enrollment number, telephone or telefacsimile number, driver license number, places of employment, school identification or military identification number or any other distinguishing characteristic that tends to identify a particular person.
H. If a proceeding has been closed by the court, any person may subsequently request that the court reopen a proceeding or a specific hearing to the public. In ruling on this request, the court shall reconsider the factors prescribed in Section E of this rule. If a proceeding relating to child abuse, abandonment or neglect that has resulted in a fatality or near fatality has been closed by the court, any person may request a transcript be made of any previously closed proceeding. The person who requested the transcript shall pay the cost of the transcript. In ruling on this request, the court shall consider the factors prescribed in Section E of this rule. If the court grants a request for a transcript of any closed proceeding, the court shall redact from a transcript any information that:
(A) If the Department of Child Safety (the Department) is a party, it shall notify the foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, relative caregivers or relative who has been identified as a possible placement for a child in foster care under the responsibility of the State of the date, time, and location of all proceedings to be held with respect to the child. Foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, or relative caregivers of a child in foster care under the responsibility of the State shall have a continuing duty to provide the Department with a current and correct mailing address, including addresses identified as protected by court order.
(B) The foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, or relative caregivers shall be afforded the right to be heard in any proceeding to be held with respect to a child in foster care. This right shall not be construed to require that any foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, or relative caregivers be made a party to such proceeding solely on the basis of such notice and a right to be heard.
Added Oct. 27, 2000, effective Jan. 1, 2001. Amended and effective on an emergency basis Jan. 26, 2004. Amended and effective Sept. 5, 2007; amended and effective on an emergency basis Sept. 26, 2008. Adopted on a permanent basis and amended Sept. 3, 2009, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Amended and effective on an emergency basis Sept. 30, 2009. Amended and effective on a permanent basis, Sept. 2, 2010. Amended Sept. 2, 2014, effective on an expedited basis, Sept. 1, 2014. Amended and effective on a permanent basis, Dec. 16, 2014. Amended and effective Aug. 31, 2017.
17B A. R. S. Juv. Ct. Rules of Proc., Rule 41, AZ ST JUV CT Rule 41
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through 10/15/21. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through 10/15/21.
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