G3 Kids and the Law Bail (Fianza) money deposited to release the arrested person from custody. The purpose of bail is to make sure that the defendant will appear for all court dates. Best interests of the child (Interés superior del niño) a decision as to what is best for the child’s physical, social, and emotional health (not necessarily what the child wants). Beyond a reasonable doubt (Más allá de toda duda razonable) the highest standard of proof in a criminal or delinquent case. The judge or jury deciding the case must decide “to a moral certainty” that the defendant committed the offense. This is a certainty that convinces your understanding and satisfies your reason and judgment. Care and Protection Petition (Petición de Cuidado y Protección) a matter filed in juvenile court alleging that a child under age 18 is at risk of neglect or abuse because the child is without necessary and proper physical or educational care or discipline; is growing up under conditions or circum- stances damaging to the child’s sound character development; is without the proper attention of a parent or guardian; or does not have a parent or guardian who is willing, competent and available to provide necessary and proper care, discipline and attention. Caregiver Authorization Affidavit (Declaración Juramentada Autorizando al Proveedor de Cuidados del Niño) a written statement signed by parents or guardians that allows a caregiver to make decisions regarding a child’s health care and education without needing to consult with the parents or guardians. Child (Niño) a person less than 18 years old. Clear and Convincing Evidence (Prueba clara y convincente) a stricter standard of proof in civil cases than fair preponderance of the evi- dence. There is not a precise definition, but the judge or jury must have less doubt and therefore a firmer belief about the decision. Complaint (Denuncia) a formal statement of the alleged facts which begins a legal action. Glossary G