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

News & Commentary: Access Denied: A National Snapshot of States’ Failure to Protect Children’s Right to Counsel 

Court Improvement:  Arranging Your Courtroom to be a More Effective Judge

News & Commentary: County needs to help kids whose moms are in jail

Working in the Community: One Caring Adult

Juvenile Court Judges of California: Protecting Children and Reuniting Families: History of Juvenile Dependency Court in Santa Clara County

Court Improvement: Judicial Oversight of Children (PowerPoint)

Running the Juvenile Court: Should Judges Ask Questions? The Enquiring Magistrate

News & Commentary: Helping Pregnant Women Gain Early Treatment

News & Commentary: Why Should Indian Children be Treated Differently?

Court Improvement: How To Improve Outcomes For Abused And Neglected Children: Engaging Relatives Early

Running the Juvenile Court: Drug Exposed Infants: Perplexing Social and Legal Issues
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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