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Gives parties in child-custody matters the right to demand that a jury, rather than a judge, determine who receives the physical and legal custody of the child. Prohibits the judge from rejecting a jury’s joint-child-custody decision. Provides that findings in dependent-child proceedings, in which a juvenile may be declared a dependent of the court, can be made by a judge or jury. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local government: Unknown ongoing net fiscal impact on state courts that would depend significantly on (1) how the measure is interpreted and implemented by the courts and (2) how individuals respond to the ability to demand a jury trial in child custody and juvenile dependency jurisdictional hearings. Potential ongoing increase in county costs that could reach the low millions of dollars annually related to juvenile dependency jurisdictional cases—some or all of which could be shifted to the state.
Stephen Konnoff 916-508-8047, Jaime Lewis 805-734-7808,Wylmina Hettings, Peter Villasenor, Joseph Thoms 415-992-6360, Fernando R Cook-Morales, Sabrina K. Hall 702-955-9496, Richard Piceciado 831-998-5122, Martha Agon 831-262-0615, Briana Ramos 510-522-4246, Leah Ahn 415-645-3359, Omar Martinez 415-548-3842, Chen McClendon, Daniel Martinez Ramiez 628-220-9912, Trevor Thomas, John N. Betts 650 814 3236, Diana Costo-Dragops 707-384-9292, Rebekah Jaggars 530-443-4784, Christine Coggins
ALLOWS FOR JURY TRIALS IN CHILD-CUSTODY AND DEPENDENT-CHILD DETERMINATIONS. INITIATIVE STATUTE. California Initiative 1850 (2018).