The judicial council has committed itself to adopting some of the recommendations from the family law Elkins task force.
The recommendations are based on responses received from members of the public, the legal and judicial community and can be accessed here, http://www.courts.ca.gov/elkins.htm
The goal is to streamline services and to render the current court nightmare as more “litigant” and family friendly, a concept that does not currently exist in family law proceedings.
Unfortunately some judicial officers have never heard of the Elkins task force, their recommendations adopted by the Judicial Council, and they have never heard of the concept of evidentiary declarations which have a purpose; specifically in family court proceedings. A court does have to consider the evidence presented in declarations, especially when those declarations are submitted under the penalty of perjury and reference the declarant as the recipient of certain documents, which are attached to the declaration.