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|Proposed Bill No. 641|
January Session, 2015
|LCO No. 2274|
Referred to Committee on JUDICIARY
|SEN. MARKLEY, 16th Dist.|
AN ACT CONCERNING JUVENILE COURTS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
That chapter 815t of the general statutes be amended to require that juvenile courts be open to the public.
Statement of Purpose:
To allow open courts in juvenile matters.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
NORM PATTIS ASKS:
"Whose Best Interest Served in Child Custody Cases?
There are secret courts operating in our midst, and I am not referring to those tribunals whose focus is national security. I’m talking about something more basic and closer to home. I’m talking about our juvenile courts, where the fate of children is sometimes determined.
Consider the case of Jane Doe and John Doe, two Connecticut parents stuck in Kafkaesque proceedings. They are in the midst of a divorce. They have three children. Those children are now in foster care, and it is not clear when the parents will again have the right to raise them as they see fit. In fact, it is not even clear when the father will even get to see his children again."
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