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H.B. 313

This document includes House Committee Amendments incorporated into the bill on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM by jeyring. -->              1     




Chief Sponsor: LaVar Christensen

Senate Sponsor: ____________

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies Title 78A, Chapter 6, Juvenile Court Act, by permitting a parent who
             10      has been served with a petition for termination of parental rights to request a jury trial.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    states that a parent who has been served with a petition for termination of parental
             14      rights maintains fundamental liberty interests guaranteed by the United States
             15      Constitution;
             16          .    permits a parent to request a jury trial in a proceeding for termination of parental
             17      rights;
             18          .    requires the court to grant a parent's request for a jury trial in a proceeding for
             19      termination of parental rights; and
             20          .    makes technical changes.
             21      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             22          None
             23      Other Special Clauses:
             24          None
             25      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             26      AMENDS:
             27          78A-6-506, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2008, Chapter 3

             29      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             30          Section 1. Section 78A-6-506 is amended to read:
             31           78A-6-506. Notice -- Nature of proceedings.
             32          (1) After a petition for termination of parental rights has been filed, notice of that fact
             33      and of the time and place of the hearing shall be provided, in accordance with the Utah Rules
             34      of Civil Procedure, to the parents, the guardian, the person or agency having legal custody of
             35      the child, and to any person acting in loco parentis to the child.
             36          (2) A hearing shall be held specifically on the question of termination of parental rights
             37      no sooner than [10] 30 days after service of summons is complete.
             38          (3) A verbatim record of the proceedings shall be taken and the parties shall be advised
             39      of their right to counsel and trial by jury.
             40          (4) (a) The summons shall contain a statement to the effect that the rights of the parent
             41      or parents are proposed to be permanently terminated in the proceedings and that,
             42      notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, the parent has a right to request a jury trial.
             43      [That]
             44          (b) The statement described in Subsection (4)(a) may be contained in the summons
             45      originally issued in the proceeding or in a separate summons subsequently issued.
             46          [(3)] (5) The proceedings are civil in nature and are governed by the Utah Rules of
             47      Civil Procedure.
             48          (6) A parent who has been served with a petition for termination of parental rights:
             49          (a) continues to possess protected, fundamental H. rights and .H liberty interests
             49a      recognized by the
             50      United States Constitution and as stated and described in H. [ Section 78A-6-503 ] this part .H ;
             51          (b) shall be subject to the required heightened protection and least restrictive means
             52      analysis described in Section 78A-6-503 ;
             53          (c) has a right to, and may request, a final determination by jury trial regarding the
             54      parent's fitness, and whether the parent-child relationship should be terminated; and
             55          (d) shall request the jury trial described in Subsection (6)(c) no later than 45 days after
             56      the day on which the parent receives the notice described in Subsection (1).
             57          (7) If a parent requests a jury trial, the parent shall pay the same filing fee set by the
             58      court for a civil case with a demand for jury trial.

             59          (8) The court shall [in all cases]:
             60          (a) grant a request for a jury trial and convert the hearing described in Subsection (2) to
             61      a pretrial conference and may transfer the case to district court for trial by jury;
             62          (b) require the petitioner to establish the facts by clear and convincing evidence[, and
             63      shall]; and
             64          (c) give, or instruct the jury to give, full and careful consideration to all of the evidence
             65      presented with regard to the constitutional rights and claims of the parent [and, if].
             66          (9) If the jury, or the court in cases where the parent does not request a jury trial, finds
             67      a parent [is found], by reason of [his] the parent's conduct or condition, to be unfit or
             68      incompetent based upon [any of] the grounds for termination described in this part, and subject
             69      to the principles and recognized rights described in Section 78A-6-503 , the jury or court shall
             70      then consider the welfare and best interest of the child of paramount importance in determining
             71      whether termination of parental rights shall be ordered.

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