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The DC Code: § 16-2358 Conduct of hearings.

Index16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. (Refs & Annos)
a
All hearings and proceedings on a motion to terminate the parent and child relationship shall be held by the judge, without a jury.
b
All hearings and proceedings held pursuant to this subchapter shall be recorded by appropriate means.
c
Except in hearings to declare a person in contempt of court, the general public shall be excluded from hearings and proceedings arising pursuant to this subchapter. Only persons necessary to such hearings and proceedings shall be admitted, but a judge may, pursuant to rules of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, admit such other persons as have a proper interest in the case or the work of the Division on the condition that they refrain from divulging information identifying the child involved in the proceedings or members of his or her family.
d
If a judge finds it is in the best interests of the child, he or she may temporarily exclude the child from any proceeding. Under no circumstances, however, may counsel in the case be excluded.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 16-2358. 1973 Ed., § 16-2358. Legislative History of Laws For legislative history of D.C. Law 2-22, see Historical and Statutory Notes following § 16-2301. DC CODE § 16-2358 Current through December 11, 2012

Credits

(Sept. 23, 1977, D.C. Law 2-22, title IV, § 410, 24 DCR 3341.)