Juvenile Law Center

Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Bellevue School District v. E.S.

Juvenile Law Center submitted an amicus brief in the Washington Supreme Court in the case of Bellevue School District v. E.S., supporting the Washington Court of Appeals ruling that a student has a due process right to counsel at the initial hearing of a truancy proceeding under juvenile court jurisdiction.  

Juvenile Law Center’s amicus brief highlighted the prevailing trend among states to secure counsel for children in truancy proceedings and argued that the complex sociological causes of truancy, as well as the potential collateral consequences of adjudication, require representation by counsel in truancy proceedings.

The Washington Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeals.

Details

Citation
148 Wash.App. 205
Case Number
83024-0
Type
Amicus Curiae
Date
December 18, 2009
Court
Washington Supreme Court
State of Origin
Washington

Support Juvenile Law Center

One of the most important lessons from our 40 years of experience is that children involved with the justice and foster care systems need zealous legal advocates. Your support for our work is more important now than ever before. Support