Thursday, February 11, 2010
An Illinois appellate court recently held that the formal rules of evidence do not apply to
the second step of the dispositional hearing under the Juvenile Court Act and the
best interest hearing under the Adoption Act, which are functional equivalents. Therefore, all helpful evidence may be
admitted and relied upon to the extent of its probative value. The case is In re Jay H., Jas. H., and T.W.,
Minors, Nos. 4-09-0439, & 4-09-0460 (4th Dist. Nov. 9, 2009). Read the opinion PDF here.