Judicial Leadership and Child Protection

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Tiffany Roper /(512) 320-0222

January 22, 2007

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Across the nation, child welfare judges are taking on a new role"participating in collaborations designed to strengthen the child welfare system, such as multi-disciplinary task forces or court improvement projects. As judicial leadership increases, however, questions have arisen regarding the limits on judicial leadership. When does exercising leadership to improve the system compromise impartiality in individual cases? This policy brief addresses the limitations on judicial leadership in Texas and discusses where judicial leadership is not only appropriate, but also necessary.