C. Cons of Involving Children and Youth in Court Proceedings

There are also cons of involving or requiring the presence of children in child protection hearings. A few examples include: a Perception that it’s a waste of time; children miss school and important events; court is emotionally damaging for children and youth; and children and youth at times don’t want to attend. Other obstacles include lack of transportation; court dockets are not accommodating; notice is inadequate; and judges are sometimes uncomfortable speaking with and interviewing children.