A Child’s Well-Being Is the Top Priority
Video Transcribed: What is an emergency show-cause hearing? Hi, I’m Brian Glass, an attorney in Chickasha, Oklahoma.
An emergency show-cause hearing is a hearing that the court shall conduct within two days after a child has been taken into emergency custody, whether either by a relative or the state. The purpose of this hearing is to let the court determine whether there is reasonable suspicion to believe that the child is in imminent danger or immediate danger, or that there has been some kind of abuse or neglect, either immediate, that it did just happen, or there’s an imminent threat that it will happen in the future, either physical abuse or mental abuse.
At this show-cause hearing, this information can be taken either orally or written, and the courts will take most any information at this time, and it doesn’t have to be information that would be normally admissible under the Oklahoma evidentiary code. Again, they’ll use this information that they receive to determine if there’s a reasonable suspicion, which just means that a reasonable person would believe that yes, this child is in either immediate danger, or there’s an imminent threat of immediate harm to the child.
If you have any questions about a show-cause hearing, or you have a show-cause hearing maybe coming up, or any other legal questions, you can find me, an Oklahoma emergency custody lawyer, at chickashalawyer.com.