May 22, 2010
If we want to make the family court system worthy of our respect, there’s no need for us to re-invent the wheel. The question is, which state legislators in which other states are as willing as California legislators to save time, taxpayer dollars and… oh yeah, save lives too? From the California Bureau of State Audits:
2009-109 AUDIT SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES—California Family Court System
The audit by the Bureau of State Audits will provide independently developed and
verified information related to child custody cases in the family court system in
Sacramento and Marin County Family Courts and, to the extent possible, would include,
but not be limited to, the following:
1. Review and evaluate the laws, rules, and regulations significant to the audit
2. For the most recent four-year period, identify, assess, and evaluate the processes
the courts use in deciding to use court-appointees, including, but not limited to,
a. The frequency of use of the court-appointees.
b. The selection process for court-appointees, including the type of cases that
are more likely to have court appointees, the rationale for making
appointments, and the type of appointee assigned to cases, such as a
mediator, investigator, or evaluator.
3. For a sample of contested custody cases, evaluate and assess the following with
respect to the appointment, payment, training, and evaluation of court-appointees
to determine whether they adhere to the established process:
a. The training requirements, if any, for court-appointees and how the courts
ensure those requirements are met.
b. The method for setting court-appointee fees and who is responsible for
allocating and paying them.
c. The process, if any, for parties to object to court-appointees, including any
process to request a replacement.
d. The process, if any, for evaluating the performance of court-appointees,
and whether the courts have any disciplinary authority over court-appointees.
e. The process, if any, for receiving, investigating, and resolving complaints