Apr. 4, 2022 – In re A.J. (3rd Dist., C093305)

The Court of Appeal finds the practice of “splitting” jurisdiction, disposition, and/or review hearings is unauthorized and erroneous. The court states dependency proceedings are “child-centric,” and hearings cannot be held separately “as to mother” and “as to father.” Although forfeited, the court addresses father’s argument that the juvenile court erred in denying his request for a continuance. The court finds the requirements of WIC 352, requiring the disposition hearing to be completed within 6 months of the detention hearing, take precedence over any arguable right of an incarcerated parent to be present.