September 20, 2014

Schedule Your Colorado Gives Day Donation Today and Benefit Legal Aid and MVL

The Legal Aid Foundation of Colorado and Metro Volunteer Lawyers are both participating in Colorado Gives Day this year, which is a state-wide effort to encourage Coloradans to “Give Where You Live.” The value of all donations made online to the organizations during a 24-hour period on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 will be increased by the FirstBank Incentive Fund. The more each charity receives from your donations, the more money they will receive from FirstBank in addition to your generosity.

Also on Colorado Gives Day, all credit card and processing fees will be covered, so 100% of donations will go directly to support access to justice.

And to be sure you don’t forget on Tuesday, you can go online and schedule your donation today!

An overview of the Legal Aid Foundation, along with their financials and donation information, can be found here.

An overview of Metro Volunteer Lawyers, along with their financials and donation information, can be found here.

Help increase access to justice and donate to these great organizations!

State Judicial Again Revises Form Regarding the Appointments of CFIs

The Colorado Supreme Court has amended the Chief Justice Directive regarding the appointments of Child and Family Investigators. To account for the changes to CJD 04-08, State Judicial has released a revised JDF 1318 form, “Order Appointing Child and Family Investigator.” Practitioners should begin using the new form immediately.

Click here to review the changes made to the form and CJD by Chief Justice Bender.

All forms are available in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) and Microsoft Word formats; many are also available as Word or Excel templates. Download the new forms from State Judicial’s individual forms pages, or below.

Domestic/Family

  • JDF 1318 – “Order Appointing Child and Family Investigator” (revised 11/11)

CFI Guidelines Amended Again by the Colorado Supreme Court

The Colorado Supreme Court has amended two Chief Justice Directives, which were adopted and effective as of November, 30 2011:

CJD 04-08 – “Directive Concerning Court Appointments of Child and Family Investigators Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-116.5”

CJD 04-05 – “Appointment and Payment Procedures for Court Appointed Counsel, Guardians ad Litem, Child and Family Investigators, and Court Visitors”

Additionally, JDF 1318 (“Order Appointing Child and Family Investigator”) was revised by State Judicial to reflect the changes.

CJD 04–08 and JDF 1318 were changed to:

  • Set forth fees for CFI testimony in conjunction with the fee cap;
  • Establish guidelines for appointment of CFIs;
  • Clarify complaint procedures;
  • Establish policy related to sanctions;
  • Eliminate referrals from a CFI for specific professionals absent such request from the parties or court;
  • Modify language concerning CFI’s authority to conduct certain types of evaluation or testing;
  • Require termination of the Order of Appointment upon the entry of the final decree or post decree orders;
  • Require a specific date be established for the submission of the CFI’s report; and
  • Address the removal of quasi-judicial immunity from the order of appointment, by stating that the CFI is acting within the authority of the court’s order so long as s/he is following a specific order of appointment to investigate and report.

CJD 04-05 was amended to be made consistent with amendments to CJD 04-08.

These amendments reflect Chief Justice Michael L. Bender’s decisions based on the second phase of work by the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues.

If you have questions concerning this directive contact Chad Edinger, Court Auxiliary Services Coordinator, at (303) 837-3605 or chad.edinger@judicial.state.co.us.

CJD 04-08 – “Directive Concerning Court Appointments of Child and Family Investigators Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-116.5”

CJD 04-08 – “Appointment and Payment Procedures for Court Appointed Counsel, Guardians ad Litem, Child and Family Investigators, and Court Visitors”