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LJuCR 3.15. Concurrent Jurisdiction

Local Juvenile Court Rule - Dependency Proceedings

    (a) Granting and Invoking Concurrent Jurisdiction. Upon motion of a party or the court, the juvenile court may, to the extent permitted by law, (1) grant concurrent jurisdiction to any other court and (2) exercise concurrent jurisdiction over any case.
    (b) Filing of Orders. Any order granting concurrent jurisdiction to another court shall be filed in both cases and that order should specify who will be responsible for its filing. Any order by which the court exercises concurrent jurisdiction in another case and which establishes or modifies the rights or obligations of any party shall be filed in both cases.
    (c) Access to Records. After notice, hearing, and entry of an appropriate protective order in the juvenile court action, the juvenile court may authorize access to the court-filed documents in the juvenile court case, to any files and records maintained by the petitioning or supervising agency, and/or to the files and records maintained by a child’s guardian ad litem.
    (d) Party Status. A grant of concurrent jurisdiction or the invoking of concurrent jurisdiction does not confer party status in any action.
    (e) Case Schedule. The juvenile court may enter an amended case schedule in the case over which it invokes jurisdiction as needed to resolve the issues presented.
    (f) Modification. Any juvenile court order determining title 11 or title 26 RCW issues is subject to modification upon the same showing and same standards as any other order determining title 11 or title 26 RCW issues.
    (g) Appointment of Guardian ad Litem or Attorney. Upon motion by a party or the court, the juvenile court may appoint a guardian ad litem or an attorney to represent the interests of the child.

[Effective September 1, 1995; amended effective September 1, 2005; September 1, 2009; formerly LJuCR 3.16, renumbered and amended effective September 2, 2013; September 1, 2023.]