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Question: Can a minor attend their court hearing with someone other than their guardian?

Answer: Assuming that the minor’s hearing is taking place in Juvenile Court, under ARS 8-308 the parent, legal guardian, or custodian of the juvenile that has been charged will be served with a notice to appear and has to appear with the juvenile in the juvenile court at the date and time set by the court. If the parent, legal guardian, or custodian is unable to attend the date and time set by the court, upon showing of good cause the court can waive the requirement for the parent, legal guardian, or custodian to appear. If the parent, legal guardian, or custodian fails show good cause for not appearing and fails to appear with the child at the juvenile court the court will issue an order to show cause to the parent, legal guardian, or custodian as to why the person should not be held in contempt of the court. http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/8/00308.htm&Title=8&DocType=ARS

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