Aug. 23, 2022 – In re J.R. (2nd Dist., Div. 1, B314532)

The Court of Appeal rejects the Department’s efforts to dismiss father’s appeal, finding that father’s notice of appeal was timely filed and that, because their interests were intertwined, father had standing to argue that mother was not provided with proper notice of the proceedings. Using a de novo standard of review, the court holds that the Department prejudicially failed to afford mother with constitutionally adequate notice of the proceedings and reverses the order terminating both parents’ rights.