Report 2009-109 Recommendation 19 Responses

Report 2009-109: Sacramento and Marin Superior Courts: Both Courts Need to Ensure That Family Court Appointees Have Necessary Qualifications, Improve Administrative Policies and Procedures, and Comply With Laws and Rules (Release Date: January 2011)

Recommendation #19 To: Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

To verify that its private mediator and evaluator panel members meet the minimum qualifications and training requirements before appointment, the Sacramento family court should establish a process to ensure that the private mediators and evaluators file their declarations of qualifications with the court no later than 10 days after notification of each appointment and before they begin work on a case.

1-Year Agency Response

The Sacramento Family Court modified its Order for Private Mediation and its Order Appointing Child Custody Evaluator to include a requirement that the appointed private mediator or private evaluator file a declaration regarding qualifications within 10 days of notification of the appointment and before beginning work on the case. (See 2013-406, p. 156)

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented

All Recommendations in 2009-109

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.