GAL (Guardian ad litem) DOMESTIC VIOLENCE TRAINING PROTEST
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Mass. General Laws:
"Chapter 215: Section 56A. Investigations
Section 56A. Any judge of a probate court may appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate the facts of any proceeding pending in said court relating to or involving questions as to the care, custody or maintenance of minor children and as to any matter involving domestic relations except those for the investigation of which provision is made by section sixteen of chapter two hundred and eight. Said guardian ad litem shall, before final judgment or decree in such proceeding, report in writing to the court the results of the investigation, and such report shall be open to inspection to all the parties in such proceeding or their attorneys. The compensation shall be fixed by the court and shall be paid by the commonwealth, together with any expense approved by the court, upon certificate by the judge to the state treasurer. The state police, local police and probation officers shall assist the guardian ad litem so appointed, upon his request. "
DISCUSSION THREAD ON ADMITTING GAL AND OTHER REPORTS THAT ARE EVIDENCE:Collateral case.
Please explain "collateral cases".Can a pro se legally copy GAL reports?It would not be fair otherwise which, of course, would be nothing new.Could you also explain Richard's $500.00 fine's for using the GAL report in his trial.----- Original Message -----From: Barbara C. JohnsonSent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:49 AMSubject: Re: Judges hiding casesYes, and they can be offered and admitted into evidence in collateral cases.
Are you saying that lawyers CAN legally copy GAL reports?----- Original Message -----From: Steven ShepardsonTo: 'just-a-dad'Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:01 AMSubject: RE: Judges hiding cases
I went to copy specific papers in my file my attorney had and I came across the
GAL report, so I copied it too.
At one point later on, my attorney realized I had a copy, and actually asked me to
return it. Funny though, I acted like I never heard his request and he never mentioned
I guess the moral is: if you have an attorney, ask to copy some of your file & get your
bought & paid for GAL report. “Offer” to do it yourself so your attorney’s secretary or
legal assistant won’t “waste” their valuable time.
From: The Fatherhood Coalition [mailto:
FATHERS-L@HOME.EASE.LSOFT.COM] On Behalf Of just-a-dad
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:29 PM
Subject: Re: Judges hiding cases
Every GAL report is sealed and can only be read, not copied. Amazing considering we are ordered to pay for it and then not allowed to use it in court, if needed.
At least not legally or according to the rules.
I heard of someone who brought a portable scanner and did it that way, you are allowed to sit outside the office to "read" it.
----- Original Message -----
From: George Mason
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 10:19 PM
Subject: Re: Judges hiding cases
The GAL report is "sealed" via a sticky note inside my docket. Since I am not represented, can I still copy it?
Bob <condor68@COMCAST.NET> wrote:
Posted on Wed, Sep. 13, 2006
Restore transparency to state courts
OUR OPINION: SEALING OF RECORDS SHOULD BE EXPLICITLY BANNED
Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Fred Lewis commendably has taken the initiative to stop state judges from hiding court cases from public view with the introduction of a set of proposed rule changes.
It turns out that
judges are not alone in sealing cases, effectively blocking them from public inspection. Now, it has come to light that judges in Broward County Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Sarasota, Pinellas and counties have hidden cases as well. Pasco
So new statewide rules that control what cases can be sealed are needed, especially for judges who ''super seal'' a record -- meaning the case is completely removed from public access.
The state already has rules governing when a court case could be sealed, such as when a juvenile is involved, for example. But after a Miami Herald investigation found that Broward judges had sealed more than 400 civil-court cases -- many of them involving prominent local people, not individuals entitled to privacy under the law -- Justice Lewis queried other counties about this practice. The news stunned Chief Justice Lewis and the rest of the Supreme Court justices. Justice Lewis asked the Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers to draft new rules to govern judges. Any new rules would have to be adopted by the
The clerks group recommends that judges be required to hold hearings before a record can be sealed and that judges explain in writing precisely what information is being withdrawn. The group also proposed that clerks in each circuit identify every sealed case since 2003 and that each chief judge determine whether the sealings comply with current law.
After The Miami Herald's investigation, Broward Chief Judge Dale Ross began requiring Broward judges to return hidden cases to the public docket. But the contents of most of those cases remain secret, which is unacceptable.
Violation of legal system
Also, the proposed statewide rules don't address another egregiously bad habit of a few Broward judges -- the ''super sealing'' of a court record. For all intents and purposes, the case simply disappears. This is such a basic violation of the
legal system that it calls into question the competency of any judge who would take such action. The state Supreme Court should explicitly ban the super sealing of court cases. U.S.
The court also should research the proposed changes for any loopholes before adopting them. For instance, there should be ample time between when a judge announces a hearing date on closing a record and when the hearing is actually held to allow all interested parties time to be notified.
Barbara C. Johnson, Advocate of Court Reform
and Attorney at Law
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Andover, MA 01810-4102
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Everybody thinks Somebody will surely do it.
It is a job Anybody can do. But Nobody is doing it.
At least I'm trying. What are you doing?
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