Juvenile Court Interagency Agreements: Subverting Impartial Justice to Maximize Revenue from Children

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Daniel L. Hatcher

University of Baltimore - School of Law

Date Written: 2020

Abstract

Fair and equal justice requires an independent and impartial judiciary, free from the influence or control of the other branches of government and other external pressures. Judicial independence is necessary for all courts, including our nation’s highest Court, federal appellate courts, and the thousands of state and local courts across the country. Perhaps most strikingly, judicial independence and impartiality is crucial in juvenile and family courts in order to protect the best interests of our nation’s vulnerable children.

However, America’s juvenile court systems are contracting away their independence and impartiality, using interagency contractual arrangements to maximize revenue from children. Faced with historically insufficient state and county funding, juvenile court systems have increasingly sought out other funds and have begun entering revenue generating contractual relationships that allow the courts and agency litigants to profit from the very children they exist to protect. Many juvenile court systems are even issuing annual financial reports similar to corporations, which include details of profiteering from child litigants.

Suggested Citation

Hatcher, Daniel L., Juvenile Court Interagency Agreements: Subverting Impartial Justice to Maximize Revenue from Children ( 2020). NYU Annual Survey of American Law, Vol. 76, No. 1, 2020, University of Baltimore School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4591729

Daniel L. Hatcher (Contact Author)

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