Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.)


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Welcome to the Juvenile Court Judges Corner, a website started by Judge Leonard Edwards (ret.) in a continuing effort to benefit judges and other professionals working in the juvenile court. This website contains information about Judge Edwards, his publications, presentations, and videos all of which are devoted to improving outcomes for children and families who appear in juvenile and family courts.

Recent Postings in Judge Edwards’s Blog

New Video: Active Efforts: A Discussion with a Native American Social Worker

Significant Cases: Summary of California appellate cases dealing with Reasonable Efforts (2/2019)

Running the Juvenile Court: Overcoming Barriers to Making Meaningful Reasonable Efforts Findings

The Indian Child Welfare Act: Defining Active Efforts in the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: The Most Famous Juvenile Court Judge

News & Commentary: Let’s Outlaw Spanking Young Children in California

News in Court Improvement: Evaluation of Los Angeles County’s Upfront Family Finding Pilot

Court Improvement: Ignoring Reasonable Efforts: How Courts Fail to Promote Prevention

Court Improvement: An Update On The Case Of Katie A V Bonta: Services For Children With Mental Health Challenges And Suggestions How Judges Can Assist The Service Delivery Process

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: The Evolving Role of the Juvenile Court


Groundbreaking Book for Juvenile and Family Court Judges

REASONABLE EFFORTS: A Judicial Perspective

“This book belongs on every juvenile court judge’s bench, in every juvenile court attorneys’s office and must be included in all child welfare agency training. Our at-risk children and their families will be the ultimate beneficiaries.”

—Michael Nash
Presiding Judge, Los Angeles Juvenile Court

book cover for Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective