Members Present Judge Debbie Kleven Judge Cynthia Rothe-Seeger Dale Thompson Karen Kringlie Judge Bruce Romanick Steve Balaban* Robert Freed* Connie Cleveland* Dave McGeary* Clarence Daniels* Al Lick* Paul Murphy* Tara Muhlhauser for Paul Ronningen*
Members Absent Justice Mary Maring Judge David Nelson
Guest Ken Sorenson, Division of Juvenile Services
Staff Louie Hentzen Jim Ganje
*Expanded membership for purposes of
discussing the Uniform Juvenile Court Act.
The minutes of the August 5, 2005, meeting were reviewed. Clarence Daniel moved to
approve, Al Lick seconded. The minutes were approved unanimously.
The next order of business was the Best Practices Manual. Karen Kringlie reported that the
juvenile directors reviewed the advisory committee's draft and they had a few comments and
suggestions which have been incorporated into the document for consideration before the Juvenile
Karen also reported that the CMS (Case Management System) Committee is currently
working on forms.
A lengthy discussion took place with several questions from Board members. Karen and
Dave McGeary provided clarification on certain areas. There was considerable discussion with
regard to language in the Best Practices Manual related to state's attorney responsibilities. A few
recommendations to modify some of the language in the manual were made by some Board
members. Karen is to make the changes and advise her committee.
A motion to approve the Best Practices Manual as revised with recommended language
changes was made by Judge Romanick and seconded by Dale Thompson. The motion carried.
Judge Kleven reported that a second year law student, Michelle Comer, has some ideas on
proposed statutory changes. Judge Kleven will invite Michelle for her input.
The next order of business was to set meeting dates for 2006. The following dates have been
set for 2006: February 3; April 7; July 14; October 13.
The next agenda item was the YASI final report. Steve Balaban asked if we could arrange
for YASI training for attorneys.
The Juvenile Staffing Study was next on the agenda. Karen Kringlie reported that her Best
Practices Advisory Committee reviewed the study and the Best Practices section, and incorporated
recommendations into the Advisory Committee's final draft.
The final order of business was continued discussion of Ch. 27-20. Section 37 was discussed
with the majority of the discussion focusing on whether Section 37 could be changed to a rule rather
than a section of the statute.
A brief discussion occurred as to whether future meetings could take place by IVN. Louie
will get with the IT staff to discuss that possibility.