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Representation and the Right to Counsel

The Barton Center is committed to improving legal practice in juvenile court and ensuring that all parties in deprivation cases have appropriate legal representation.

Initiatives

QIC Research and Demonstration Site

The Barton Center is a key partner in an initiative to improve the quality of legal representation for children in Georgia’s child welfare system. Georgia has been selected as one of two Research and Demonstration sites for the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC). As a research site, Georgia will receive a four-year grant to study the effectiveness of legal representation for children involved in child abuse and neglect cases. The study will involve over 100 Georgia attorneys.

The grant is being administered by the lead partner for Georgia, the Supreme Court of Georgia’s Committee on Justice for Children. Another partner is the Georgia Association of Counsel for Children.

The QIC is a collaboration of the U.S. Children’s Bureau and the University of Michigan School of Law to gather information on child representation, promote consensus on the role of the child’s legal representative, and provide one of the first empirically-based analyses of how legal representation for the child might best be delivered in abuse and neglect cases.

Read the Justice for Children Committee press release about Georgia's selection as a study site.

Publications

A Child’s Right to Counsel in Juvenile Court Proceedings
Authors: Melissa Carter and Kirsten Widner
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2008

Fact Sheet: Child’s Right to Counsel in Deprivation and Delinquency Proceedings
Author: Beth Reimels
Publisher: Barton Child Law and Policy Center, Emory Law School, 2008

A Child’s Right to Legal Representation in Georgia Abuse and Neglect Proceedings
Authors: Melissa Dorris (now Carter) and Beth Locker
Publisher: 10 Georgia Bar Journal 12 (2004)

Practice Manuals for Juvenile Court Deprivation Case Participants

The Supreme Court of Georgia Committee on Justice for Children led a collaborative project to produce practice manuals for attorneys representing all parties in juvenile court deprivation cases. A practice manual was also written for DFCS case managers. The first manual was written in 1997, and all manuals were updated in July 2001 and again in April 2004. Funding for the manuals was provided by the Committee on Justice for Children (formerly the Supreme Court Child Placement Project), and HTML formatting and web site hosting of the manuals was donated by the Barton Child Law and Policy Center.

Manual for Division of Family and Children Services Case Managers (277 KB PDF for Printing)

Manual for Attorney and Volunteer Guardians Ad Litem (445 KB PDF for Printing)

Manual for Attorneys Representing Parents (316 KB PDF for Printing)

Manual for Special Assistant Attorneys General (331 KB PDF for Printing)


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