August 30, 2015

HB 13-1279: Instructing Courts to Seek to Limit Premature Waiver of Counsel by Juveniles

On March 25, 2013, Rep. Jeanne Labuda introduced HB 13-1279 – Concerning Detention Procedures for Juveniles. This summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill instructs the courts in juvenile cases to seek to limit premature waiver of counsel by a juvenile in detention hearings. The bill also requires juveniles to be free of physical restraints during hearings unless the court makes specific findings of fact to the contrary that allow for physical restraints to maintain order in the courtroom, prevent the juvenile’s escape, or provide for the safety of the courtroom.

The bill was introduced on March 25 and was assigned to the Judiciary Committee; the bill is scheduled for committee review on April 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Since this summary, the bill was amended by the Judiciary Committee and referred to the House Committee of the Whole for consideration on Second Reading.

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