Here's a development that I think points to the progress that we've
made to streamline certain processes that - in their current form - are
far more complicated than they need to be.
In 2008 the
Elkins Family Law Task Force was created in response to the lack of efficiency, the high cost and the
complexity of divorcing in California. This task force set out to research
and make recommendations on how California
divorce could be handled more efficiently and make the system both more accessible
and easier for those seeking to divorce.
Some of the key components of their recommendations include: making legal
services available to self-represented litigants; the establishment of
case flow management rules to improve how a case moves through the system
and ensure that trials are not interrupted; and create funding for training
of minors counsel, child custody evaluators, court staff and court officers
so as to improve services within the court system.