Report 2009-109 Recommendation 3 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 #3 To: Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

To ensure that its FCS mediators are qualified, the Sacramento superior and family courts should verify the initial training of those FCS mediators they hire who have worked at other superior courts.

1-Year Agency Response

The Sacramento superior and family courts provided copies of training certificates and other information such as sign-in sheets to demonstrate that the FCS mediator mentioned in the audit report met the minimum qualifications and training requirements. In addition, the courts provided a letter from the FCS mediatorís former employer that stated its practice was to send employees to training upon initial hire; however, the court does not retain training records older than three years. (See 2013-406, p. 152)

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.