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  • 26th circuit court recognized by state

  • The 26th circuit was awarded the Permanency Award on May 20. Supreme Court Chief Judge Zel Fischer and State Courts Administrator Greg Linhares presented the award to Judges Kenneth Hayden, Stanley Moore and Chief Juvenile Officer Tammy Walden during a ceremony in the Camden County Justice Center.
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  • The 26th circuit was awarded the Permanency Award on May 20. Supreme Court Chief Judge Zel Fischer and State Courts Administrator Greg Linhares presented the award to Judges Kenneth Hayden, Stanley Moore and Chief Juvenile Officer Tammy Walden during a ceremony in the Camden County Justice Center.
    This marks the eighth time the 26th circuit including Camden, Laclede, Miller, Moniteau and Morgan counties have received the Permanency Award.
    This award is given to circuits which have successfully held timely hearings during the fiscal 2013 year regarding child abuse and neglect cases. These cases require children that have been removed from their homes and are to be reunited with their families or to be placed in another permanent home quickly.
    "Timely hearings are always important to the effective administration of justice," Judge Fischer said. "When children are removed from their homes, that importance becomes even greater to determine whether it is safe to return those children to their biological parents or place them in other permanent homes. Those circuits which exert extra effort necessary to ensure timely hearings in these cases should be recognized for their achievements."
    In order to evaluate which circuits qualified for the Permanency Award in Missouri, circuits were placed in size classes based on the total number of hearings that were set to be held during a particular period of time. Then, the circuit had to achieve either 100 percent timeliness each quarter or an average of 100 percent annually to qualify.
    Fischer added, "The success this circuit has achieved is a testament to the leadership and hard work of the judges, juvenile officers, clerks, children's division workers and other support staff. In the seven years since we have instituted awards, the timeliness of the hearings throughout the state have increased. Of the more than 43,000 required hearings, 98 percent of them were held on time. This is an increase of six percent from 2006, when we instituted the award."
    During the award ceremony, Walden told the crowd present that since 2006, the 26th circuit alone had conducted 7,000 hearings.
    The 26th circuit is one of 16 judicial circuits to receive the Permanency Award this year.

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