[587A-25] Conduct of hearing in child protective proceedings. (a) The court shall hear child protective proceedings without a jury at a hearing separate from those for adults.

(b) The general public shall be excluded from child protective proceedings. Only parties found by the court to have a direct interest in the case shall be admitted to the hearing.

(c) The court has discretion to exclude the child from the hearing at any time.

(d) If a party is without counsel or a guardian ad litem, the court shall inform the party of the right to be represented by counsel and the right to appeal. [L 2010, c 135, pt of 1]



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