The Pima County (Tucson, AZ) Model Court Project was an ambitious pilot effort to improve the timeliness and content of judicial proceedings in cases involving abused, neglected and dependent children. This project was intended to 'front-load' the court process, which refers to setting in place procedures to ensure that all parties to court proceedings begin actively participating at the earliest point possible and doing all they can to minimize the length of time children remain in temporary placement and their families remain involved with the court. This latest update examines the impact of the Model Court pilot effort two years after the project was initiated and is based on data collected through periodic interviews with key project participants, site observations and a comparative analysis of court processing on selected cases initially designed to model and non-model courtrooms.
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