PROBATE RULE 15: MINOR’S EMANCIPATION
All petitions for minor’s emancipations are heard in the Probate Department of the Superior Court.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the minor’s request for emancipation will be conducted by the Court Investigator, who will prepare a written report for the Court.
Where the minor is unrepresented, he/she must have the petition and accompanying documents reviewed by an attorney. Written verification that the minor has met with an attorney must be submitted to the Court when the petition is filed.
The minor is to submit to the Court, with his/her petition, a personal statement, under penalty of perjury, specifying in detail the reasons for the emancipation request and describing the circumstances giving rise to the request.
The minor must attend the hearing on the petition, and anyone who desires to be heard on the emancipation petition may attend. The hearing is to be non-adversarial.