California Courts do Poorly in Competition for Funds

May 29, 2017

Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, her fellow judges and children’s advocacy groups have been trying for years to persuade Gov. Jerry Brown and legislators to provide more legal aid for 60,000 foster children.

These kids have been removed from their families because of neglect and abuse. Legally, their parents are “dependency court” judges.

The law requires that they have legal representation. The state Judicial Council, which Cantil-Sakauye heads, has set 188 as the maximum effective caseload for private attorneys who volunteer, for paltry fees, to take foster children as their clients. However, actual caseloads are about twice that level.