Interest of N.H.

20000278 In the Interest of N.H. and B.H., Children
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Constance L. Cleveland, Petitioner and Appellee
v.
Director, Cass County Social
Services, S.D., R.H., N.H.,
B.H. and Jared S. Simonson,
Guardian ad Litem, Respondents
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S.D., Respondent and Appellant

Appeal from: Juvenile Court, East Central Judicial District, Cass County
Judge Frank L. Racek
Nature of Action: Termination/Parental Rights
Counsel:
Appellant: Mertz Law Office
Appellee: Constance Louise Cleveland , Asst. State's Attorney
Guard. ad litem: Jared Sharp Simonson
Term: 06/2001   Argument: 06/06/2001  10:45am
ND cite: 2001 ND 143
NW cite: 632 N.W.2d 451

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
1. Whether the "Concurrent Planning" Procedure, as applied by Cass County Social Services, violated the parents' Constitutional Rights to Procedural and Substantive Due Process.
2. Whether the Trial Court abused its discretion by allowing the Petitioner to amend the Petition on the morning of trial, by receiving prejudicial testimony, hearsay evidence, and records of criminal convictions, and in so doing, violated the parents' right to a fair hearing.
3. Whether the Trial Court's Decision to terminate SD's parental rights is supported by the evidence.

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
I. Whether the petitioner has proven termination of parental rights is justified under n.d.c.c. 27-20-44.
A. Were the children "deprived children"br> B. Is the deprivation likely to continue
C. Will there be harm to the children
II. Whether the court erred in permitting the petitioner's amendment of the petition? Iii. Whether the constitutional rights of the parents were violated?

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Docket entries:
110/10/2000 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 10/09/2000
210/10/2000 - CONFIDENTIAL -
310/10/2000 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 10/09/2000
410/11/2000 RETENTION OF RECORD ON APPEAL (Kelly Kroke): 02/06/2001
511/24/2000 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Vicky Mattys). Denied
611/24/2000 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT (MTR). Granted: 01/07/2001
701/04/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT (Kelly Kroke)
801/05/2001 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (MTR). Granted: 02/06/2001
901/08/2001 Transcript dated 10-7-99
1001/09/2001 DISK - TRA (10-7-99)
1101/08/2001 TRANSCRIPTS DATED 12-27-99 & 4-07-00
1201/09/2001 DISKS (Transcripts dated 12-27-99 & 4-07-00)
1301/10/2001 Transcripts dated 11-4-99 and 7-7-00
1401/10/2001 DISK - TRA (11-4-99 & 7-7-00)
1502/01/2001 Transcript dated August 4, 2000
1602/02/2001 DISK - TRA (8/4/00)
1702/05/2001 TRANSCRIPTS DATED 7-31-00; 8-01-00; 8-02-00 (marked Vols. I-III)
1802/06/2001 DISKS (3) - Transcripts dated 7-31-00; 8-01-00; 8-02-00
1902/07/2001 RECORD ON APPEAL; Depositions (2) (NOT REC'D: Clerk's Cert. Nos. 13, 16, 23, 34, 39, 124 (Tapes);
2002/07/2001 48, 49 (Steno Notes); 103 (Petitioner's Ex. 53); and Ex. 2 of the Guardian ad Litem Report -
2102/07/2001 Clerk's Cert. No. 21)
2203/09/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLANT BRIEF (faxed letter dated 3-09-01)
2303/09/2001 ACTION BY CLERK (MAT). Granted: 04/02/2001
2403/12/2001 Original letter dated 3-09-01 from Monty G. Mertz (MAT)
2504/02/2001 APPELLANT BRIEF
2604/02/2001 APPELLANT APPENDIX
2704/03/2001 DISK - AB
2804/04/2001 MOT. EXT/TIME APPELLEE BRIEF; AFF. OF CONSTANCE L. CLEVELAND IN SUPPORT
2904/04/2001 ACTION BY CLERK (MAE) (OA will be heard in June). Granted: 05/15/2001
3005/16/2001 APPELLEE BRIEF
3105/17/2001 DISK - AEB
3205/25/2001 MOTION TO WAIVE OA ON BEHALF OF APPELLEE (letter dated 5-24-01)
3305/25/2001 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (OA waived on behalf of AE)
3406/06/2001 APPEARANCES: Monty G. Mertz; submitted on brief for AE
3506/06/2001 ARGUED: Mertz; submitted on brief for AE
3606/06/2001 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
3708/29/2001 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
3808/29/2001 UNANIMOUS OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
3908/31/2001 Order/Judgment Mailed to Parties
4009/21/2001 MANDATE
4109/26/2001 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE
4207/05/2007 EXPUNGED - Nonpermanent record items destroyed

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