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File #: 15-360    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: Juvenile Law: Sibling Visitation (Action Required)
Attachments: 1. 20151027itemA26
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Juvenile Law: Sibling Visitation (Action Required)

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Summary
Summary
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends amending three rules and revising three forms to conform them to recent statutory changes giving dependency courts the authority to order visitation between dependent and nondependent siblings in specified circumstances.

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Recommendation
Recommendation
The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends that the Judicial Council amend rules 5.570, 5.708, and 5.810 of the California Rules of Court, and revise forms JV-183, JV-185, and JV-403 to ensure that they conform to the recently enacted provisions of Welfare and Institutions Code sections 361.2, 366, 366.3, 388, 778, and 16002.1 Also, the committee recommends amending rule 5.708 to specify the burden of proof and standard when requesting that a child be removed from the home.

The Family and Juvenile Law Advisory Committee recommends that the Judicial Council, effective January 1, 2016:
1. Amend rule 5.570 with the new standard for granting or denying a request for sibling visitation with a nondependent sibling, to add the new grounds for granting a petition for modification of a prior court order, and to specify the burden of proof and standard when requesting that a child be removed from the home;
2. Amend rule 5.708 with new statutorily required findings;
3. Amend rule 5.810 with the new statutorily required finding to suspend sibling interaction, to clarify when a permanency hearing must be held, and to remove subdivision (f) regarding administrative reviews;
4. Further amend rules 5.708 and 5.810 to delete references to "youth";
5. Amend rules 5.570, 5.708, and 5.810 with new references to code sections and subsections and with further clarifying changes;
6. Revise Court Order on Form JV-180, Request to Change Court Order (form JV-183) to include the new standard for granting a request for sibling visitation with a child who i...

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