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CJP Training Series - Right to A Jury Trial in Child Protection and TPR Cases

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Right to a Jury Trial in Wyoming Child Protection and Termination of Parental Rights Cases

Cindi Wood, J.D., C.W.L.S., an attorney in private practice in Casper, Kevin David Taheri, J.D. an Assistant District Attorney, Seventh Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and Christina McCabe, J.D., a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, Human Services Division will present an overview of the law relating to the parent’s right to demand a jury trial at the adjudication stage of a child abuse/neglect case and at a termination of parental rights case. They will talk about the law governing jury trials including the statues and rules including time and filing requirements. They will refer to the work being done on the Wyoming Juvenile Pattern Jury Instructions and the many procedural issues one needs to address when there is a jury trial. The audience will learn about the distinction between a bench and jury trial, factors to be considered when determining whether to demand a jury trial for their client and tips from judges.

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