Parham v. J. R.
Significance, Two Tragic Predicaments, The Due Process Argument, Minors And The Constitution
Parham, Commissioner, Department of Human Resources, et al.
J. R., et al.
That a federal district court had erred in ruling that a minor was allowed a hearing prior to being committed to a mental institution.
Chief Lawyer for Appellants
John L. Cromartie, Jr.
Chief Lawyer for Appellees
R. Douglas Lackey
Justices for the Court
Harry A. Blackmun, Warren E. Burger (writing for the Court), Lewis F. Powell, Jr., William H. Rehnquist, Potter Stewart, Byron R. White
William J. Brennan, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, John Paul Stevens
Date of Decision
20 June 1979
Overturned a lower court's decision that would have barred the commitment of minors to mental institutions without a prior hearing.
- Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390 (1923).
- Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 268 U.S. 510 (1925).
- Wisconsin v. Yoder, 406 U.S. 205 (1972).
- Harvard Law Review, Vol. 93, November 1979, pp. 88-89.
- Kramer, Donald T. Legal Rights of Children, 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1994.
- "Mental Health . . . Commitment of Juveniles." ABA Journal, Vol. 65, September, 1979, p. 1391.
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