UPDATE, March 26, 2014: Reporting yesterday in the Chronicle of Social Change, Daniel Heimpel wrote:
Today, Presiding Judge Michael Nash continued his campaign to encourage media access to Los Angeles County’s historically closed juvenile dependency court, after a California appeals court had invalidated a similar, earlier order only this month.
...it appears that his new order will thread the needle on this highly contentious issue: by offering the press a way in, but forcing reporters to be conscious of the potential harm their coverage could cause to vulnerable children.
Nash sent a revision of his controversial 2012 order easing press access to a clutch of judges, journalists, child advocates and other stakeholders for comment. They have until April 14th, after which Nash intends on issuing a new order that will once again allow press into the courts.
Read the draft order HERE.
UPDATE, March 18, 2014: The state Court of Appeal's decision to reverse a lower court's decision to open juvenile dependency hearings to the public [see history of story below] was criticized yesterday in the Chronicle of Social Change in an essay by Ben Baeder, a foster parent and former newpaper editor in the San Gabriel Valley.
An excerpt: "...the government, despite spending all that money on foster care (the Los Angeles County government this year will spend $2 billion serving foster children, which comes to $66,000 for each child), spends only about $700 annually to pay for a child’s legal representation. They don’t know that many foster children have been in foster care three or four times. They don’t know about the child who has changed schools so many times that the child is missing a whole year’s worth of high school credits. And that’s how things will remain as long as court stays closed..."
UPDATE, March 4, 2014: The Chronicle of Social Change reported on yesterday's filing by the Second Appellate Court of Appeal, which reverses a lower court decision to open juvenile dependency hearings to the public (the plaintiff in this case was the Los Angeles Times). See full history of this case below.
UPDATE, December 20, 2013: Demonstrators gathered outside the Edmund D. Edelman Children’s Court in Los Angeles today to express support for Presiding Judge Michael Nash’s 2012 blanket order easing media and public access to the County’s Juvenile Dependency Court. Last week, a California Court of Appeal issued a tentative ruling that Nash’s order violates state law.