Report 2009-109 Recommendation 12 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 #12 To: Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

To make certain that the FCS evaluators are qualified, the Sacramento family court should take all reasonable steps to ensure its FCS evaluators meet the minimum qualifications and training requirements before assigning them to any future Family Code Section 3111 evaluations. If necessary, and as soon as reasonably possible, the court should require the FCS evaluators to take additional education or training courses to compensate for the minimum qualifications and training requirements that were not met.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2015

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 12 will not be implemented by the Court. As a result of budget reductions to the Court, Sacramento's Family Court Services (FCS) no longer conducts custody evaluations; therefore this recommendation concerning the education, training and minimum qualifications of FCS evaluators is inapplicable to our Court.

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California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Resolved

The Sacramento family court no longer offers custody evaluation services. Therefore, this recommendation is not applicable at this time. Should the Sacramento family court begin offering custody evaluation services at a future date, we anticipate that the court will assess its practices and ensure that its evaluators are qualified.


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2014

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 12 will not be implemented by the Court. As a result of budget reductions to the Court, Sacramento's Family Court Services (FCS) no longer conducts custody evaluations; therefore this recommendation concerning the education, training and minimum qualifications of FCS evaluators is inapplicable to our Court.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From October 2013

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 12 will not be implemented by the Court. As a result of budget reductions to the Court, Sacramento's Family Court Services (FCS) no longer conducts custody evaluations; therefore this recommendation concerning the education, training and minimum qualifications of FCS evaluators is inapplicable to our Court.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From September 2012

As indicated in the Court's July 20, 2011 response to recommendation 6, due to budget reductions Sacramento's Family Court Services (FCS) is no longer conducting custody evaluations making the need to ensure that FCS evaluators meet the minimum qualifications and training before assigning them to cases is unnecessary.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement


All Recommendations in 2009-109

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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