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After Discrepancies Found In Juvenile Courtrooms, Arizona Judges Tightening Up Practices

Published: Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:49pm
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 11:26am
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Mary Jo Pitzl in KJZZ's studio in 2018.

A team of reporters from the Arizona Republic sat in on dozens of juvenile court cases earlier this year and reported significant discrepancies in courtroom procedures — some that left families confused about their rights and what to expect next.

Now, some judges appear to be tightening up practices to balance public transparency with children’s privacy.

Mary Jo Pitzl covers child welfare issues for the Arizona Republic and has been observing what goes on in these courtrooms. She joined The Show to talk about the issue.

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