Audio-Video Appearances in Juvenile Court
Group: Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
Following the introduction of legislation to permit audio-visual conferencing in juvenile court hearings when youth are detained, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (the Commission) has dedicated time and resources to research and analysis of the issue. This possible strategy to reduce the cost of transporting youth back and forth to court, sometimes at great distance or in inclement weather, presents some possible benefits to local court and law enforcement agencies. However, after reviewing the legal protections extended to juveniles in the court process and the obstacles created for effective legal representation, impartiality, and meaningful engagement in the court process, the Commission unanimously passed a motion opposing this practice at its March 18, 2015 meeting: “The use of video conference technology is inappropriate in juvenile court hearings.”
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