Local Rules of Court San Francisco Superior Court Rule 1270
Cases in which the mother’s surname begins with the letters L-Z will be assigned to Dept. 425.This system is designed to allow vertical tracking of each case through each department.
12.4 Procedure for Incorporating Petitions by Reference.
When the Court orders severalpetitions incorporated by reference under a single petition number, the Court will select the mostrecent petition number as the designated number for all future documents. Any papersubsequently filed or received by the Clerk of the Court must refer to the new number.
12.5 Court Policy Regarding Attorneys and Child Welfare Workers.
It is the policy of theUFC to resolve dependency matters in the least adversarial manner that is possible. Attorneysare expected to provide effective and professional assistance of counsel while at the same timeavoiding an escalation of any animosities that might exist. Counsel and child welfare workersmust treat each other, parents, witnesses, children, and Court staff with dignity and respect.
12.6 Procedures for the Qualification and Training of Applicant Attorneys to theDependency Panel.
Any attorney, including those who transfer in from other counties, wishingto serve on the Dependency Panel must submit an application to the Lawyer Referral Service of the BASF. Procedures for admission to the Panel are available through BASF. Final admissionto the Panel rests in the discretion of the Superior Court.
12.7 Admission to the Dependency Panel.
Upon admission to the Panel, all new membersare subject to a six-month probationary period.
12.8 Continuing Education.
All attorneys serving on the Dependency Panel must complete aminimum of ten (10) hours of continuing education each year in areas relevant to dependencypractice. These ten (10) hours may include participating in the training program for newapplicants. Areas that qualify as “relevant to dependency practice” include, but are not limitedto, the following:A. use of psychological experts, including direct and cross-examination;B. trial skills;C. rules of evidence;D. training programs that include information on child development, substance abuse,mental health issues, incarcerated parents, etc.;E. the child witness;F. training specifically related to dependency practice such as reasonable efforts, .26hearings, etc.;G. programs that provide information on community resources;H. domestic violence training;I. custody, visitation, and child support issues; andJ. Indian Child Welfare Act issues.
12.9 Standards of Representation and Practice.
All attorneys receiving appointments bythe Superior Court to represent parents, children, de facto parents, or guardians are governed bythe Practice Guidelines for Attorneys Practicing in the Dependency Court, Standing Order #225.
12.10 Standards of Representation and Practice.
All attorneys receiving appointments bythe Superior Court to represent parents, children, de facto parents or guardians shall be governed