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 firstname.lastname@example.org.