Copyright (c) 1995 University of Richmond Law Review Association
University of Richmond Law Review
ARTICLE: LEGAL ISSUES INVOLVING CHILDREN
29 U. Rich. L. Rev. 1117
Robert E. Shepherd, Jr. *
The year since July 1, 1994, has been a reasonably quiet year for children and youth insofar as the legal system is concerned. Perhaps it was the "calm before the storm," as the 1996 Virginia General Assembly will have to address the question of implementing the family court in some fashion and also deal with the results of three studies of the juvenile justice system in the state. These three studies, one chaired by the Attorney General and appointed by the Governor, 1 a second by a Task Force under the auspices of the Virginia Commission on Youth, 2 and a third by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, 3 are all in process with some recommendations likely by 1996.
Although child custody is addressed in another article, 4 the year saw yet another result in the highly publicized case involving the custody rights of gay or lesbian parents. 5 Finally, there was an acceleration of the trend toward opening juvenile court
records to greater access by other persons, including the schools, and the schools are increasingly putting disruptive or delinquent youths in alternative programs or even expelling them.
II. Juvenile Delinquency and Non-Criminal Misbehavior
There were no major initiatives in the juvenile justice arena during the 1995 General Assembly Session, although the body did act to implement recommendations of the Commission on Youth's Detention Home Task Force. 6 The 1995 recommendation of the Task Force was the Virginia Juvenile Community Crime Control Act, ...
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