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File #: 15-365    Version: 1
Type: Rules Proposal Status: Passed
File created: 9/23/2015 In control: Judicial Council
On agenda: 10/27/2015 Final action: 10/27/2015
Title: Family and Juvenile Law: Transfers to Tribal Court Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20151027itemA19
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Family and Juvenile Law: Transfers to Tribal Court Under the Indian Child Welfare Act (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee (committee) and the Tribal Court-State Court Forum (forum) propose amendments to the California Rules of Court and revisions to Judicial Council forms concerning the transfer of court proceedings involving an Indian child from the jurisdiction of the state court to a tribal court. These changes are in response to provisions of Senate Bill 1460 (Stats. 2014, ch. 772) (SB 1460) and the Court of Appeal decision in In re M.M. (2007) 154 Cal.App.4th 897. SB 1460 requires the state juvenile court to give the tribal court specific information and documentation when a case governed by the Indian Child Welfare Act is transferred. The In re M.M. decision implicates an objecting party's right to appeal a decision granting a transfer to a tribal court.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee and the Tribal Court-State Court Forum recommend that the Judicial Council, effective January 1, 2016:
1. Amend rule 5.483 to make use of the Order on Petition to Transfer Case Involving an Indian Child to Tribal Jurisdiction (form ICWA-060) mandatory rather than optional, add a requirement that the transfer order include matters required by section 827.15 of the Welfare and Institutions Code, and, to ensure that the parties are aware of the requirements, add a subsection requiring an advisement that any party wishing to appeal an order transferring a case to tribal court must file their appeal before the transfer is finalized and that if a party does not ask for and obtain a stay of the order for transfer, the appellate court will lose jurisdiction over the appeal;
2. Amend rule 5.590 to require an advisement that an appeal of an order granting a transfer of an Indian child custody proceeding involving an Indian child to tribal court must be...

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