Dependency Virtual T...

Dependency Virtual Trials: Pitfalls and Promise of Online Trials
Family defense attorneys who represent parents and children in dependency or child welfare proceedings have grappled with trials being online. With respect to this issue, this CLE will examine and review the following cases, In re Welfare of M.B., 195 Wn.2d 859, 467 P.3d 969 (2020) (due process requires an incarcerated parent to be present at a termination hearing) and In re Dependency of J.D.E.C., 18 Wn. App. 2d 414, 491 P.3d 224 (2021) (a parent’s right to be heard at a termination trial includes the right to be present, or if unable, the meaningful opportunity to be heard and defend through alternative procedures).  

Presented by Catherine Guza, contracted by the Washington State Office of Public Defense and Jason Johnson with the Pierce County Department of Assigned Counsel, attorneys will learn what legal requirements and findings the trial court must make before conducting a virtual trial and other legal considerations to preserve clients’ right to attend the trial, ability to consult confidentiality with counsel, and ability to present a defense. Moreover, practical considerations such as client participation and how to handle exhibits virtually will be discussed.  

To register, email with “Virtual Trial” in the subject line. 1.0 Law and Legal credit has been requested from the WSBA for this program.