Webinar: What Makes a Good Hearing? Understanding the Role of Court and Legal Professionals in Improving Hearing Quality and Judicial Decision-Making

Publication Date: May 21, 2021

Introduction

Judges in child welfare court cases decide when children enter and exit out-of-home care and where they live when out of their home. This webinar discusses research examining judicial decision-making and hearing quality in child welfare court cases and why court and legal professionals should be aware of research findings.

Purpose

The purpose of this webinar was to introduce the Understanding Judicial Decision-Making and Hearing Quality in Child Welfare project to legal professionals and discuss the following:

  • Factors that influence judicial decision-making and hearing quality in child welfare court cases
  • What is currently known about the link between judicial decision-making and child welfare hearing quality to case outcomes
  • Areas in need of further research
  • How legal professionals can support research examining judicial decision-making and hearing quality

Citation

Summers, A., Gatowski, S., Fromknecht, A., & Klain, E. (2021). What Makes a Good Hearing?  Understanding the Role of Court and Legal Professionals in Improving Hearing Quality and Judicial Decision-Making, OPRE Report #2021-32, Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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