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Criminal Practice – Juvenile – Commitment Extension – Written Notice – Untimely — Mootness (access required)

In re J.L.H. After his request for transportation to a treatment team meeting went unfulfilled, the juvenile’s father attended the meeting by telephone; that is when he learned that the team wanted to extend the juvenile’s commitment. This oral notice – 30 days before the expiration of the juvenile’s original commitment period – did not satisfy the 30-day written notice requirement of G.S. § 7B-2515(a).

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Criminal Practice – Sex Offender Registration Upheld for Juvenile Offender (access required)

U.S. v. Under Seal An appellant adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for the aggravated sexual abuse of his two half-sisters, ages six and 10, while his family resided in Japan with his mother who was on active duty with the U.S. Navy, is required to register as a sex offender under the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act, 42 U.S.C. § 5031; the 4th Circuit says the registration requirement, as applied to appellant, does not violate the Federal Juvenile Delinquency Act or the Eighth Amendment.

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Domestic Relations – Civil Practice – Subject Matter Jurisdiction — Parent & Child – Custody – Abandonment (access required)

In re E.J. Since a New York court had already made an initial determination concerning the custody of the juvenile, the N.C. trial court lacked jurisdiction to enter a permanent custody order because there were no findings that the New York court no longer had jurisdiction or that North Carolina met the requirements of G.S. § 50A-201(a)(1) or (2).

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Criminal Practice – Juvenile – Motion to Suppress – Findings of Fact – Admission – Disposition Warning (access required)

In re N.J.The trial court failed to state its rationale for denying the juvenile’s motion to suppress the statement he made to the police. We remand for entry of findings of fact and conclusions of law relating to the denial of the juvenile’s motion to suppress.

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