The Superior Court of the State of California, In and for the County of Monterey, Local Rules, Rule 3.21

Central California Local Court Rules

Monterey County
Superior Court
Superior Court of California County of Monterey Local Rules of Court
Chapter 3. Juvenile Department

Rule 3.21. Minimum Standards of Education, Training and Experience

A. Effective July 1, 2001, only those attorneys who have completed a minimum of eight hours of training or education in the area of juvenile dependency, or who have sufficient recent experience in dependency proceedings in which the attorney has demonstrated competency, may be appointed to represent parties. Each attorney appearing in a dependency matter before the Juvenile Court shall not seek certification of competency and shall not be certified by the Court as competent until the attorney has completed the following minimum requirements:

a) Participated in at least eight hours of training or education in juvenile dependency law which in addition to a summary of dependency law and related statutes and cases, must include information on child development, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, domestic violence, family reunification and preservation and reasonable efforts, or,

b) At least six months of recent experience in dependency proceedings in which the attorney has demonstrated competence in the attorney's representation of his or her clients in said proceedings. In determining whether the attorney has demonstrated competence, the Court shall consider whether the attorney's performance has substantially complied with the requirements of these rules.

B. In order to retain his or her certification to practice before the Juvenile Court, each attorney who has been previously certified by the Court shall submit a new Certificate of Competency to the Court on or before June 30th of the third year after the year in which the attorney is first certified and then every third year thereafter. The attorney shall attach to the renewal Certification of Competency evidence that he or she has completed at least eight hours of continuing training or education directly related to dependency proceedings since the attorney was last certified. Evidence of completion of the required number of hours of training or education may include a copy of a certificate of attendance issued by a California MCLE provider; a certificate of attendance issued by a professional organization which provides training and/or education for its members, whether or not it is a MCLE provider; a copy of the training or educational program schedule together with evidence of attendance at such program; or such other documentation as may reasonably be considered to demonstrate the attorney's attendance at such program. Attendance at a court sponsored or approved program will also fulfill this requirement.

C. The attorney's continuing training or education shall be in the areas set forth in subdivision (1)(A) of this rule, or in other areas related to juvenile dependency practice including, but not limited to, special education, mental health, health care, immigration issues, the rules of evidence, adoption practice and parentage issues, the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act, state and federal public assistance programs, the Indian Child Welfare Act, client interviewing and counseling techniques, case investigation and settlement negotiations, mediation, basic motion practice and the rules of civil procedure.

D. When a certified attorney fails to submit evidence that he or she has completed at least the minimum required training and education to the Court by the due date, the Court shall notify the attorney that he or she will be decertified. That attorney shall have 20 days from the date of the mailing of the notice to submit evidence of his or her completion of the required training or education. If the attorney fails to submit the required evidence or fails to complete the required minimum hours of continuing training or education, the Court shall order, except in cases where a party is represented by retained counsel, that certified counsel be substituted for the attorney who fails to complete the required training. In the case of retained counsel, the Court shall notify the party that his or her counsel has failed to meet the minimum standards required by these rules. The determination whether to waive certification or obtain substitute private counsel shall be solely within the discretion of the party so notified.


Formerly Rule 3.17, eff. Oct. 1, 1998. As amended, eff. July 1, 2002. Renumbered Rule 3.19, eff. July 1, 2009. Renumbered Rule 3.21, eff. Jan. 1, 2010. As amended, eff. Jan. 1, 2011.

Monterey County, Superior Court Rules, Rule 3.21, CA R MONTEREY SUPER CT Rule 3.21

Current with amendments received through 3/1/ 2011     
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