In what could be a microcosm for the debate over how to balance in-person and remote court proceedings in a post-COVID world, the Juvenile Court Rules Committee has made recommendations on remote hearings for dependency and delinquency proceedings.

At its October 14 meeting, the committee reviewed proposals for remote access in juvenile proceedings being prepared by the Supreme Court’s Steering Committee on Family and Children in the Courts.

The court’s COVID-19 Workgroup, which had recommended remote proceeding and other changes for most other procedural rules, deferred to the steering committee on juvenile rules. The steering committee, in turn, sent its rule amendments to the Juvenile Court Rules Committee for feedback prior to filing its proposed changes with the Supreme Court.