Thursday, May 02, 2013
Ind. Law - SEA 164 would restore power of prosecutors re CHINS 6 petitions
Updating this ILB entry from March 19th, quoting a Fort Wayne Journal Gazette editorial that began:
Over the last several years, state laws and policies have changed to increase the power of the state executive branch’s Department of Child Services at the expense of local judicial branch officials. Two northeast Indiana lawmakers are behind a bill moving through this year’s General Assembly that would give a little power back to the judicial system.and this ILB entry from May 24, 2012, headed "Mentally ill kids caught in Catch-22: Prosecutors at odds with DCS over care" and its links to other background posts --- SEA 164 is now awaiting Governor Pence's signature.
Senate Bill 164 would allow a county prosecutor to file a Child In Need of Services (CHINs) petition with a local juvenile court. The petition is the first step in bringing court review of allegations that a child is being mistreated by a parent or guardian. Just as important, it would allow the prosecutor rather than the DCS to represent the state.
See this post from Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog for more.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 2, 2013 03:42 PM
Posted to Indiana Law