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 Edwardsís Blog

Court Improvement: The Americans With Disabilities Act and Juvenile Dependency Court

The Indian Child Welfare Act: Active Efforts and The Futility Doctrine

Court Improvement: A Few Questions That Can Change Everything

Court Improvement: Some Reflections on the Representation of Children in Juvenile Court: A View From The Bench

The Role of the Juvenile Court Judge: Engage Your Community Around Your Most Vulnerable Children: Hold An Infantís Conference

Court Improvement: The Appellate Process and Unacceptable Delays

Court Improvement: The Pandemic, Technology, and the Juvenile Dependency Court

Court Improvement: Opinion: At-risk infants need our attention now more than ever

Court Improvement: Reasonable Efforts to Prevent Removal

New Video: County Touchpoints in Access to MAT in Juvenile Court

Court Improvement: Juvenile Dependency Court, Opioid Addiction, And Reasonable Efforts

Court Improvement: Timely Adoptions: An Ignored Issue in Child Welfare

Domestic Violence: Domestic Violence and Reasonable Efforts in Juvenile Dependency Court

Court Improvement: Reasonable Efforts: Letís Raise the Bar

Court Improvement: The Family First Prevention Act of 2018


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