In the light of the litany of complaints against Dr. Robert Suiter in particular, (https://viewsandnewsriversidesuperiourcourt.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/public-opinion-and-tales-of-corruption-of-riverside-superior-court-evaluator-dr-robert-suiter-phd/) parents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the CA title five rules of court that govern evaluators; (http://www.courts.ca.gov/cms/rules/index.cfm?title=five&linkid=rule5_225). The court has made their list of evaluators public but “declines” to take responsibility for their actions although court linked evaluators still have to submit FL 325 and FL 326 forms to the court. http://www.riverside.courts.ca.gov/familylaw/childcustody_evaluatorslist.pdf
The Riverside Superior Court has taken the unusual step of removing all court employed evaluators and listing certain evaluators as contract evaluators under CA family code 3118 and 3118.
The list appears on the Riverside Superior Court web site, (pasted below), with a disclaimer that the Court is not responsible for the actions of said evaluators.
It appears that the Court would like to avoid the appearance that these evaluators are employed by the court where an employee is defined under GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 810-811.9 as follows:
810.2. “Employee” includes an officer, judicial officer as defined in Section 327 of the Elections Code, employee, or servant, whether or not compensated, but does not include an independent contractor.
However, this approach does not minimize the procedural liability of a Court that does not follow the mandatory requirements of CA rules of court 5.225 which specifies that all evaluators regardless of whether…
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