Last year I was found guilty of truancy for my daughter. I received 5years probation. #1 the magistrates baillif is also my probation officer?? #2. Daughter has missed quite a few days of school do to mental health and bullying this year, so I was brought into court for a review. #3 The truancy officer has since filed charges on my daughter. NOW, my daughter went in front of the same magistrate to plea, with my baillif/probation officer in then court room. Not guilty plea, she got house arrest til pretrial. I requested an attorney for my daughter, on the bottom I put the attorneys name we would like to have if he could take the case. The magistrate told my daughter she could not have him?? Today I found out the name of her att. From my att. Who says he "filled him in on the case" WHAT?
Everything up to about the last 2 sentences of your post are non-issues, irrelevant and normal. However, the last 2 sentences are unclear. From what I can gather, the court appointed Mrs. X to be your daughters attorney. You have an attorney Mr. Y (for some reason). What exactly are you complaining about? What is wrong with YOUR attorney Mr. Y speaking to Mrs. X, the attorney appointed to represent your daughter, about a case that is public record? The issue is not so much that they spoke, but what it is they spoke about. Assuming Mr. Y is your attorney for the truancy charges, he probably figured (and maybe rightly so) that he had implied consent to discuss yours and the daughters case with the new attorney coming on board since the cases are related and you and your daughters interests are reasonably aligned.
I agree that your concerns regarding the bailiff/probation officer and the magistrate are not to worry about - court staff is court staff, and every jurisdiction handles it differently depending on size and budget. Your probation officer's central job is to ensure you comply with a court order, so his or her role as the Judge's assistant should not conflict with that role. You have ZERO confidentiality with your probation officer, in fact, you have the exact opposite in that he or she will use every word you say against you. But if you are compliant with your terms, there is nothing to worry about.
Typically, you cannot request a specific attorney to be appointed to your case, though again, this varies by county and by budget and population size. I also agree that it is likely that your attorney "filled" your daughter's attorney in on the very basics of your existing juvenile court case. If you are concerned about what might have been shared, speak up! let your attorney know hearing that gave you pause and you'd like to know more about what was said and how.
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