Report 2009-109 Recommendation 21 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 #21 To: Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

The Sacramento family court should ensure that minorís counsel submit, within 10 days of their appointment, the required declarations about their qualifications, education, training, and experience. Specifically, the family court should send annual notices to the minorís counsel it appoints, instructing them to file the declaration.

1-Year Agency Response

The Sacramento Superior Court stated that it does not believe it is necessary to send annual notices to appointed minorís counsel of the need to file a declaration. The court stated that the order appointing minorís counsel includes a specific requirement that the minorís counsel submit a declaration within 10 days of appointment and before beginning any work on a case. The court included in its Order Appointing Counsel for a Child the specific requirement to file a declaration of qualifications within 10 days of appointment or before beginning work on a case. The courtís alternative approach addresses our concern that the minorís counsel should submit the required declaration in a timely manner. (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.