I do not practice in California but typically evidence that one did not submit in the trial court cannot be presented to an appellate panel. It MAY be possible to address the evidence your trial attorney "refused to submit" by way of a motion in the trial court or as part of the argument about why your trial was not fair, in the appeals court.
Have you already filed your appeal? There are usually very strict deadlines.
Since you do not seem to be seeing eye to eye with the attorney who handled your dependency trial, you should consult with an experienced dependency attorney and an appellate attorney immediately about the possibilities of getting a better result with the information you presented here.
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I agree with counsel that you should consult with an experienced dependency attorney and an appellate attorney immediately about the possibilities of getting a better result with the information you presented here.
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This is not something you should attempt to handle on your own. You need appellate counsel familiar with dependency court hearings. The time to appeal is jurisdictional so make certain your attorney has timely filed a notice of appeal on your behalf.
You may find it more beneficial to comply with the court's order re reunification services than to follow through with your appeal. By the time an appeal is decided, reunification services may have completed.
While the rules of evidence are not strictly applied in dependency hearings and hearsay is admissible depending on the speaker, I agree with your attorney's assessment that the two items of evidence you seek to include in the appellate process do not concern your behavior and therefore have limited relevance especially because of the remoteness in time. Good luck.
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You have had a jurisdictional hearing and the allegations in the petition have been found true. You have a VERY short period of time to request a rehearing in that same court system - but your attorney - NOT YOU - has to make that request.
Your attorney may have had some very good reasons to keep the evidence you speak of out of court. You need to communicate with that person and discuss your concerns.
At this time, you cannot file an appeal of jurisdictional findings - that ruling can only be addressed by a Writ - which must be filed by your current trial attorney. If that person does not preserve your appeal rights with the proper filing of a writ- you may lose appeal rights in the future. You will not be able to present new evidence in a writ or an appeal.
This is not an easy area of the law and you need to either rely on the court appointed attorney you have or hire a private Juvenile Dependency attorney ASAP.