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Court sets Family Division standards
first_imgCourt sets Family Division standards Senior Editor Guidelines for operations in Florida’s Family Division courts have been unanimously approved by the Supreme Court. The justices also asked the committee which proposed the standards, the Family Court Steering Committee, to continue studying related issues, including how to coordinate cases involving one family appearing before more than one judge. June 1, 2001 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Court sets Family Division standards Justice Pariente Writing for the court, Justice Barbara Pariente said the goal has been to establish a division of family courts in every circuit while allowing flexibility for each circuit in running those courts to best meet local needs. The court ordered circuits to set up family divisions in 1994. It also required the circuits to submit their local rules or administrative orders creating the divisions to the court for review. That prompted the justices to commission a further study to seek a comprehensive approach to running family courts. “As the number of family court filings and post-judgment matters continues to skyrocket, we also must seek to enhance judicial productivity and conserve judicial resources,” Pariente wrote. “There will never be a `one size fits all’ model, but the recommendations that the committee submitted and that we endorse through this opinion represent a compilation of the best practices for the operation of a family court in Florida. Adoption of these recommendations will constitute a crucial step in enabling the judicial system to achieve these important goals.”The Family Court Steering Committee made 10 major recommendations, ranging from guiding principles to what types of cases family courts should handle to having a summit on family courts.Recommendations include:• Guiding principles for family courts should include that children should live in “safe and permanent homes;” family courts should focus on the best interest of the children; all persons should be treated with respect; families with cases in several courts should have them consolidated or coordinated to avoid conflicting decisions and to efficiently use court resources; parties and their attorneys should select to the extent possible the processes used to resolve their disputes; and cases should be managed efficiently while recognizing the needs of families, litigants, and issues presented in the cases.“We emphasize that our endorsement of these guiding principles in no way changes our view that the primary role of the judge is to enforce and uphold the rule of law,” Pariente wrote. “Nonetheless, we recognize that in the family court, it is not always the legal issue itself that is time-consuming or complex, but rather it is often the underlying issues such as drug abuse, domestic violence, and family dysfunction that may cause the legal dispute to become time-consuming and complicated.”The court also ordered the committee to look at incorporating recommendations from the Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence into the goals.• Family law courts should include all cases involving dissolution of marriage, annulment, paternity, child support, custody of and access to children, adoption, juvenile dependency and delinquency, civil domestic and repeat violence injunctions, termination of parental rights, among others. Also, judges assigned to different cases affecting the same family should be required to confer to improve efficiency and avoid inconsistent orders. The court asked the steering committee to recommend a specific rule of judicial administration to implement the latter proposal. The committee will also study how misdemeanor domestic violence cases can be included in those handled by family courts to avoid duplication.• Essential elements for family courts include coordinated case management; programs to help pro se litigants; alternative dispute resolution; ways to identify and manage domestic violence cases; guardian ad litem programs; education, counseling, and treatment programs for parents; and use of general masters and hearing officers to expedite cases.As important as meeting those goals is setting adequate funding, Pariente noted. “The failure to adequately fund the necessary services ultimately will result in the failure of the model family court concept,” the opinion said. “Without the necessary support services, the family court will be no more than a division of the circuit court that handles a specified class of cases, and the judicial system will be unable to effectively address the ever increasing and complex needs of children and families and the ever increasing caseloads.”The self-help programs are also vital, Pariente said, because 65 percent of the initial filings in domestic relations cases and 80 percent of the post-judgment filings involve at least one unrepresented litigant.• There should be coordinated case management throughout family divisions, from intake and referral, to technology to case management. Pariente wrote that case management means coordinating a case so all matters affecting a family are addressed and needed community resources are made available.• Circuit courts must implement a unified family division consistent with the model suggested by the steering committee and submit the implementing local rule or administrative order to the court by January 1, 2002. Each circuit also should have an administrative judge for the family division, and at least one family court administrator or coordinator.• Judges assigned to the family division should be committed to families and children and to the extent possible should volunteer for that task. Those judges should also serve at least three-year terms, with the opportunity to rotate out at the end of their term. Judges newly assigned to the division or who have not served there for at least two years should receive mandatory training before assignment. Continuing education for family division judges, including on nonlegal matters such as child development, mental health, and social work, should be provided.• Family court judges should have access to staff attorneys to help them carry out their duties. Quasi-judicial officers such as special masters and hearing officers should have mandatory training on family law issues, including domestic violence, dependency, and delinquency issues, and all court staff should be trained.• The court should require each circuit to establish a Family Law Advisory Group to “support and advise the family court.” The advisory group should include judges, court staff, social service workers, and community leaders. “We request that each circuit report back to this court on the progress of the Family Law Advisory Group no later than January 1, 2002, and annually thereafter, to enable this court and the committee to continue to monitor the practices in each circuit and enable the court to assess and make available information on the best practices to all of the circuits.”• Each circuit should educate the public about the resources of the family division courts, and about the limitations of the court’s authority and resources.• The steering committee should sponsor a Family Court Summit to develop plans to implement the court’s goals for the family court initiative.Pariente acknowledged that much work remains to be done on family courts, including providing enough resources to operate effectively.“Our ultimate goal remains to facilitate the resolution of disputes involving children and families in a fair, timely, effective, and cost-efficient manner,” the opinion said.The opinion can be seen online at www.flcourts.org.last_img
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Athletes, Parents Celebrate Fall Seasons

first_img Fenceviewer Staff The Mount Desert Island High School golf team displays their banner for winning the Penobscot Valley Golf Conference this year, qualifying them for the post season state tournament.BAR HARBOR — Parents, coaches, and students crowded into the Mount Desert Island High School (MDIHS) gymnasium on Nov. 7 for the Fall Athletic Banquet. For seniors gathered there, it was an emotional recap of their final fall season.“For many of us, this will be the last games we will play, but not that does not mean we are done,” said student speaker Danika Kanu, captain of the cheerleading squad. “To me, this experience of talking up here will last forever.”Ms. Kanu credited the MDIHS athletics program with helping her peers become independent, compassionate young adults. Those qualities, she hoped, would outlast their careers as young athletes. “For all of you up there giggling at me, it’s been real,” she said.Student speaker Max Mason, a senior soccer player, clarified what it meant to win. When he first joined the soccer team, he hoped only to be without losses. But in subsequent years, that perspective grew to encompass a sense of belonging among his peers, he said.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It’s about team breakfast at the crack of dawn. It’s about ordering too many pancakes and saying, ‘Hey Andrew,’” he recalled. “It’s playing love songs on your way back from a terrible defeat.”Because of his experience in sports, he grew not just as an athlete, “but as an individual thinker,” he said.Athletics director Bunky Dow thanked parents of the booster club, which raised money for sporting events, as well as the coaches and family members of the athletes.Following those speeches, Mr. Dow and coaches announced awards for both athletic and academic achievements. Soccer players Opal Curless, Audyn Curless, and Hannah Shaw were selected for the Eastern Maine Class B Regional All Star Teams.The following athletes were selected for Penobscot Valley Conference (PVC) teams, determined by coaches across Maine.Maggie Painter     cross country       PVC first teamWaylon Henggeler         cross country       PVC first teamOlivia Erickson    cross country       PVC first teamIsabel Erickson     cross country       PVC first teamCaroline Driscoll  cross country       PVC first teamJordan Harris       cross country       PVC first teamRebecca Planchart          cross country       PVC second teamWill Richard         cross country       PVC second teamRansom Burgess  cross country       PVC second teamRalph Magnani    cross country       PVC second teamEthan Craigo        cross country       PVC second teamOpal Curless        soccer                   PVC first teamHannah Shaw       soccer                   PVC first teamAudyn Curless     soccer                   PVC first teamSummer Cast       soccer                   PVC second teamChris Clemens      soccer                   PVC second teamEzra Hallett football       PVC first team linebackerAdam Gray football       PVC first team offensive tackleTrevor Alley         football       PVC second team defensive tackleBen Walls   Golf   PVC first teamKeegan McKim    Golf   PVC first teamMorgan Kelley     Golf   PVC first teamAbby Jewett         volleyball    All State first teamMadeline Cook     volleyball    All State second teamThe following players were selected to the All Maine Academic team by maintaining an average of 90 or above (out of 100) for six consecutive terms or longer.Keegan McKimChris HeelRachel McMinimyAudyn CurlessAndrew DaltonIan SampsonChris ClemensMax MasonSam JacobsonMaureen GrubbSummer CastLeah KellyAllie StanleyTom ReillyDrew DagracaIsaac WallaceAdam GraySam RobertsonEzra HallettAbby JewettCaroline BrownYina SunFor more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Town report wins award – October 11, 2014last_img read more

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Andre Ingram takes the stage again for the Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img But whether or not he gets his points in his latest stint, Ingram said it meant more to him to be called up with 16 games to play instead of getting a more honorary nod with two games to go last year. He appreciates that although the Lakers are all but out of the playoffs, there are some stakes to the games he’s playing.“Last year was amazing, but this year, it means a little more,” he said. “This is not just an Andre Ingram Day, it’s a Los Angeles Lakers game that you need to win, and this trip will be a good one to get some wins on. So that’s really the focus, genuinely to help the team win any way I can, whatever part I play in it.”Ingram is a beloved teammate in the G League, where two-way point guard Alex Caruso said he enjoys sharing the floor with him. While he might not get many chances with some of his other Laker teammates, they’re getting a flavor for why Ingram’s story has resonated so widely.“I think it’s an unbelievable story of just perseverance and just having a goal and having a dream,” LeBron James said. “So he has a great spirit, even with everything he’s been through, and we’re happy to have him for as long as we got him.” CHICAGO — You’d think that age brings a heightened sense of intuition – that one can sense a change in the winds more naturally.But Andre Ingram admits otherwise: The Lakers surprised him twice.“You know, really no inclination,” he laughed. “Yeah, they got me again.”The 33-year-old was stunned again to learn he had been called up for a 10-day contract on Monday morning, as he was trekking with his G League teammates through O’Hare airport on the way to a game in Wisconsin. Instead, he stayed in Chicago and now plans to join the Lakers through their entire five-game trip. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe story he authored last season – the one that was at one time the subject of a possible movie deal – was unforgettable: After a decade toiling in the NBA’s developmental league and scoring more 3-pointers than anyone at that level, Ingram notched 19 points while hitting four of his five shots from deep in his NBA debut last April.His first appearance of this NBA season was less memorable: Ingram subbed in with 4.3 seconds left in the third quarter, specifically to run a play to end the period. Walton subbed him out again to start the fourth.Still, it didn’t stop a number of fans from applauding Ingram as he checked in – a sign of just how far his story has traveled. And Ingram, who ended up playing two minutes in the 123-107 victory over the Bulls, didn’t mind his small role in the moment.“Grateful for the time I was out there,” Ingram said, laughing. “If that’s how I can help out on any particular night, that’s what it has to be. I have no problem with that at all.”Ingram was able to fire off one shot attempt – a miss – off a pass from Rajon Rondo. He caught an inkling that the Bulls knew the Lakers would be trying to pass to him in the game’s closing minutes. Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers last_img read more

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