Judge Debbie Kleven
Judge Bruce Romanick
|*Expanded membership for purposes of discussing the Uniform Juvenile Court Act.|
Minutes of the March 11, 2005, meeting were approved.
Karen Kringlie reported on the Best Practices Advisory Committee. She reported that the information was all in and she was compiling the information in a manual form. She reported the juvenile directors would like to review the Best Practices for comment before the Policy Board has a chance to review.
Dave McGeary reported on juvenile directors' issues. He reported the juvenile directors are suggesting a mental health screening tool (MAYSI). The Division of Juvenile Services is currently using the same screening instrument. It is suggested that the screening would be used at the intake process and the informal process. Dave reported that the costs are minimal.
Judge Nelson moved to accept the MAYSI instrument and Judge Rothe-Seeger seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Dave next discussed the traffic issues as discussed at the last meeting, Sections 17 and 18 of the definitions, §27-20-02. After discussion, Judge Nelson moved that "all non-criminal traffic will be treated as adult." Connie Cleveland seconded and the motion carried unanimously.
The Board next addressed petitions. There was discussion that there existed model documents for petitions. Much discussion followed centering on separate sets of rules for delinquency and unruly from deprivation and termination. Connie Cleveland moved to modify the statutory structure to separate delinquency and unruly from deprivation and termination. Judge Nelson seconded, the motion carried unanimously.
Discussion followed that delinquency and unruly cases should be handled by the state's attorney and that deprivation and termination should be under the Department of Human Services operations. While Jim Ganje is compiling language changes for a redraft of the Act, the Board suggested that §27-20-19 should refer to delinquency and unruly cases only.
The Board suggested that §27-20-23 could be addressed as a rule and deleted from the statute. No action was taken at this time.
The next scheduled meeting is set for August 5, 2005, at the Radisson Hotel,