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In the News: Lack of Discovery Revealed in Thousands of DCS Cases

By Woodnick Law

Originally reported by 12News on August 21, 2023.

On August 21, 2023, a letter from the Division Chief Counsel representing the Department of Child Safety (DCS) went out to all Presiding Judges across the state of Arizona. The letter requested that they “suspend any trials and severance proceedings” set in the next two weeks due to a review that revealed thousands of documents were not made discoverable in over 3,800 cases.

Former Assistant Attorney General for DCS and current Woodnick Law attorney Deandra Arena spoke with 12News reporter Brahm Resnik about what this means and how it might affect current court cases.


Deandra Arena is an attorney at Woodnick Law, PLLC.  She previously was an Assistant Attorney General for the Protective Services Section (representing DCS) in Arizona. She is licensed to practice in Arizona and California. 

Woodnick Law, PLLC is a boutique law firm that serves individuals and families in Maricopa County, Coconino County, Pima County, and all throughout Arizona.

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