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Laws | Juvenile Proceedings

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JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS

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I. JUVENILE PROCEEDINGS IN GENERAL

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II. DEFINITIONS

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A. Child

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B. Parent

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C. Guardian

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D. Custodian

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E. Nonoffender

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F. Status Offender

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G. Delinquent Conduct

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H. Conduct Indicating a Need for Supervision

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I. Habitual Felony Conduct

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J. Dual-Status Child

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III. DETENTION HEARINGS

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A. Venue

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B. Notice of Detention Hearing

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C. Appointment of Attorney or Guardian Ad Litem

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D. Parental Representation

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E. Representation by an Attorney

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F. Written Reports

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G. Probable Cause

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H. Interactive Video Recording of Detention Hearing

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I. Initial Detention Hearing

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J. Rights of the Child

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K. Release

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L. Detention

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1. Status Offenders and Nonoffenders

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2. Other Offenders: Required Statutory Findings

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3. Order

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M. Subsequent Detention Hearings

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IV. ADJUDICATION HEARING

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A. Admonishments

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B. Evidence

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1. Criminal Rules

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2. Social History Reports

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3. Outcry Statements

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4. Proof

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V. DISPOSITION HEARING

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A. Notice and Summons

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B. The Hearing

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C. The Order

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1. Required Findings

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2. Probation

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3. Driver's License

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4. Texas Juvenile Justice Department

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5. Habitual Offenders

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6. Felony Conduct

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7. Orders Relating to Parents and Other Adults

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8. Protective Orders

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9. Appeal

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10. Sealing Records

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D. Progressive Sanction Level Assignment Model

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E. Sanctions

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1. Sanction Level One

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2. Sanction Level Two

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3. Sanction Level Three

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4. Sanction Level Four

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5. Sanction Level Five

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6. Sanction Level Six

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7. Sanction Level Seven

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VI. MOTION FOR TRANSFER

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A. Requirements for Filing a Motion for Transfer

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B. Mandatory Transfer

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C. Non-Attorney Judge; Request for Transfer to Alternate Juvenile Court

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D. Right to an Attorney

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E. Notice and Summons

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F. Guardian Ad Litem

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G. The Next Hearing

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H. Mental Illness or Intellectual Disability

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I. Reports

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J. The Hearing

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K. The Order

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L. Appeal

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Judicial Education Center

The Texas Association of Counties County Judges Education Advisory Committee has provided basic support services for producing judicial education programs for constitutional county judges and court personnel since 1984.

The goal of the Texas Association of Counties County Judges Education Advisory Committee is to develop a progressive judicial education curriculum for constitutional county judges and court personnel designed for the unique needs of new judges, experienced judges, court personnel and county judges with limited judicial responsibilities.

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Judicial Staff:

Hon. Stephanie Moreno,
Judicial Program Manager,
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Judicial Resource Liaison,
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Michele Mund,
Education & Event Services Manager,
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Ashley Royer,
Project Manager,
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Regan Fruge,
Judicial Project Coordinator,
(ReganF@county.org)

Helpful Numbers

Judicial hotline:
(844) CoJudge or (844) 265-8343

TAC toll free in Texas:
(800) 456-5974
(512) 478-8753

Email:
judicialhotline@county.org