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In re L.J., C071919

In consolidated appeals of orders by a juvenile court referee terminating the parental rights of father and mother as to their minor child: 1) father's appeal in case No. C072166 is dismissed because the acts done by the referee after issuing the original order were void for lack of jurisdiction; and 2) reversed and remanded in case No. C071919, where: a) the appeal in case No. C071919 is not moot because the referee's original order terminating parental rights was final and conclusive, b) the disentitlement doctrine does not apply, c) assuming mother has standing to attack the denial of placement with the maternal grandmother, the court did not err by denying that placement, and d) a limited remand for a determination of compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act is required.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 05/31/2013
  • Published 05/31/2013


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  • California Court of Appeal