Report 2009-109 Recommendation 7 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 #7 To: Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

To make certain that the FCS evaluators are qualified, the Sacramento family court should ensure that its unlicensed FCS evaluators complete the licensing portion of the annual declarations of qualifications.

Agency Response*

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 7 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 to have FCS evaluators complete annual declarations of qualifications is inapplicable to our Court.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: September 2015

California State Auditor's Assessment of 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.


Agency Response*

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 7 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 to have FCS evaluators complete annual declarations of qualifications is inapplicable to our Court.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Response Date: October 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response*

As explained in the Court's previous responses to the State Auditor, Recommendation Number 7 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 to have FCS evaluators complete annual declarations of qualifications is inapplicable to our Court.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


Agency Response*

As indicated in the Court's July 20, 2011 response to recommendation 3, due to budget reductions Sacramento's Family Court Services (FCS) is no longer conducting custody evaluations making the need for unlicensed FCS evaluators to complete the licensing portion of the annual declarations of qualifications unnecessary.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Response Date: September 2012

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Will Not Implement


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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