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Second Substitute H.B. 198

This document includes Senate Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Fri, Feb 13, 2004 at 11:31 AM by rday. -->

Representative Mike Thompson proposes the following substitute bill:




Sponsor: Mike Thompson

             6      LONG TITLE
             7      General Description:
             8          This bill amends the Judicial Code to create a disclosure requirement for information
             9      used in child welfare proceedings.
             10      Highlighted Provisions:
             11          This bill:
             12          .    requires a party to a child welfare proceeding to share information with other parties
             13      within specified time frames; and
             14          .    creates an exception for pretrial and certain drug court hearings.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          78-3a-116, as last amended by Chapter 332, Laws of Utah 2003
             23      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             24          Section 1. Section 78-3a-116 is amended to read:
             25           78-3a-116. Hearings -- Record -- County attorney or district attorney

             26      responsibilities -- Attorney general responsibilities -- Disclosure -- Admissibility of
             27      evidence.
             28          (1) (a) A verbatim record of the proceedings shall be taken by an official court reporter
             29      or by means of a mechanical recording device in all cases that might result in deprivation of
             30      custody as defined in this chapter. In all other cases a verbatim record shall also be made
             31      unless dispensed with by the court.
             32          (b) (i) Notwithstanding any other provision, including Title 63, Chapter 2, Government
             33      Records Access and Management Act, a record of a proceeding made under Subsection (1)(a)
             34      shall be released by the court to any person upon a finding on the record for good cause.
             35          (ii) Following a petition for a record of a proceeding made under Subsection (1)(a), the
             36      court shall:
             37          (A) provide notice to all subjects of the record that a request for release of the record
             38      has been made; and
             39          (B) allow sufficient time for the subjects of the record to respond before making a
             40      finding on the petition.
             41          (iii) A record of a proceeding may not be released under this Subsection (1)(b) if the
             42      court's jurisdiction over the subjects of the proceeding ended more than 12 months prior to the
             43      request.
             44          (iv) For purposes of this Subsection (1)(b):
             45          (A) "record of a proceeding" does not include documentary materials of any type
             46      submitted to the court as part of the proceeding, including items submitted under Subsection
             47      (4)(a); and
             48          (B) "subjects of the record" includes the child's guardian ad litem, the child's legal
             49      guardian, the Division of Child and Family Services, and any other party to the proceeding.
             50          (v) This Subsection (1)(b) applies:
             51          (A) to records of proceedings made on or after November 1, 2003 in districts selected
             52      by the Judicial Council as pilot districts under Subsection 78-3-21 (15)(a); and
             53          (B) to records of proceedings made on or after July 1, 2005 in all other districts.
             54          (2) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (2)(b), the county attorney or, if within a
             55      prosecution district, the district attorney shall represent the state in any proceeding in a minor's
             56      case.

             57          (b) The attorney general shall enforce all provisions of Title 62A, Chapter 4a, Child
             58      and Family Services, and Title 78, Chapter 3a, Juvenile Courts, relating to:
             59          (i) protection or custody of an abused, neglected, or dependent child; and
             60          (ii) petitions for termination of parental rights.
             61          (c) The attorney general shall represent the Division of Child and Family Services in
             62      actions involving minors who have not been adjudicated as abused or neglected, but who are
             63      otherwise committed to the custody of that division by the juvenile court, and who are
             64      classified in the division's management information system as having been placed in custody
             65      primarily on the basis of delinquent behavior or a status offense. Nothing in this Subsection
             66      (2)(c) may be construed to affect the responsibility of the county attorney or district attorney to
             67      represent the state in those matters, in accordance with the provisions of Subsection (2)(a).
             68          (3) The board may adopt special rules of procedure to govern proceedings involving
             69      violations of traffic laws or ordinances, fish and game laws, and boating laws. However,
             70      proceedings involving offenses under Section 78-3a-506 are governed by that section regarding
             71      suspension of driving privileges.
             72          (4) (a) For the purposes of determining proper disposition of the minor in dispositional
             73      hearings and establishing the fact of abuse, neglect, or dependency in adjudication hearings and
             74      in hearings upon petitions for termination of parental rights, written reports and other material
             75      relating to the minor's mental, physical, and social history and condition may be received in
             76      evidence and may be considered by the court along with other evidence. The court may require
             77      that the person who wrote the report or prepared the material appear as a witness if the person
             78      is reasonably available.
             79          (b) For the purpose of determining proper disposition of a minor alleged to be or
             80      adjudicated as abused, neglected, or dependent, dispositional reports prepared by Foster Care
             81      Citizen Review Boards pursuant to Section 78-3g-103 may be received in evidence and may be
             82      considered by the court along with other evidence. The court may require any person who
             83      participated in preparing the dispositional report to appear as a witness, if the person is
             84      reasonably available.
             85          (5) (a) In an abuse, neglect, or dependency proceeding occurring after the
             86      commencement of a shelter hearing under Section 78-3a-306 or the filing of a petition under
             87      Section 78-3a-305 , each party to the proceeding shall provide in writing to the other parties or

             88      their counsel any information which the party:
             89          (i) plans to report to the court at the proceeding; or
             90          (ii) could reasonably expect would be requested of the party by the court at the
             91      proceeding.
             92          (b) The disclosure required under Subsection (5)(a) shall be made:
             93          (i) for dispositional hearings under Sections 78-3a-310 and 78-3a-311 H [ and proceedings
             94      under Title 78, Chapter 3a, Part 4, Termination of Parental Rights Act
] h
, no less than five days
             95      before the proceeding;
             95a          H (ii) FOR PROCEEDINGS UNDER TITLE 78, CHAPTER 3a, PART 4,
             95c      PROCEDURE, h and
             96           H [ (ii) ] (iii) h for all other proceedings, no less than S [ three ] FIVE s days before the
             96a      proceeding.
             97          (c) If a party to a proceeding obtains information after the deadline in Subsection
             98      (5)(b), the information is exempt from the disclosure required under Subsection (5)(a) if the
             99      party certifies to the court that the information was obtained after the deadline.
             100          (d) Subsection (5)(a) does not apply to:
             101          (i) pretrial hearings; and
             102          (ii) the frequent, periodic review hearings held in a dependency drug court case to
             103      assess and promote the parent's progress in substance abuse treatment.
             104          [(5)] (6) For the purpose of establishing the fact of abuse, neglect, or dependency, the
             105      court may, in its discretion, consider evidence of statements made by a minor under eight years
             106      of age to a person in a trust relationship.

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