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Juvenile Attorney Carin Johnson wins rare appellate reversal on behalf
of a parent in the California Court of Appeal, First District

San Francisco, CA. On October 1, 2010, the California Court of Appeal, First District (Division Three) issued a rare published ruling in favor of Carin Johnson in the juvenile case of L.Z. v. The Superior Court of Contra Costa County. The reversal and published opinion is all the more remarkable because of the nearly 300 juvenile dependency cases heard by the First District last year-- only 2% -- less than six total opinions were published*.

The case involved the lower court denying reunification services to the mother, based on the premise of admitting "guilt". This meant the child would have been adopted out by Contra Costa County Social Services. In a huge victory for parents' rights, the appellate court remanded the case back to the dependency court so that the mom could instead, begin receiving services.

Download the published
California Court of Appeals Opinion here.

*Judicial Council of California, 2008 Court Statistics Report