In a laughably inaccurate editorial published by the Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/26/6354873/viewpoints-in-family-court-too.html McGeorge School of Law family law professor John E.B. Myers redefined the meaning of the out-of-touch, ivory tower academic. Among other clueless assertions, Myers made the bizarre, demonstrably false claim that:
“Sacramento’s family court, under the wise leadership of Judge James Mize, serves the community well.”
Myers went on to attribute what in fact is incompetence and corruption by family court judges and employees to “incomprehensible” Judicial Council family court forms:
“Today, there are more than 200 family-law forms, making the law incomprehensible to anyone but an expert…The amazing thing is that so many lawyerless litigants somehow navigate the labyrinth of financial and other forms to accomplish their goals in family court. Countless others simply give up. Many try their best but do not receive justice. Not because the people at family court don’t care, but because our form-driven family law system is unworkable,” Myers wrote.
News Flash Professor Myers: Real world, lawyerless family court users will be happy to explain to you that the “people” at family court not only don’t care, the “people” at family court knowingly and routinely collude with a secretive, insular group of for-profit, private sector judge pro tem divorce lawyers to deprive lawyerless litigants of their children, income and assets, and civil and constitutional rights.
Lawyers who also act as judge pro tems and run the family court settlement conference program in exchange for favorable treatment by judges and court employees.
Apparently coordinated with Judge James Mize and Sacramento Family Court administrators and employees, Professor Myers’ editorial is nothing more than strategically timed damage control and blame shifting. The nationwide release of the documentary film Divorce Corp has put the local court system under intense, national scrutiny. Featuring four cases from Sacramento County – more than from any other court jurisdiction covered in the film – the documentary portrays the local family court system as the most corrupt in the nation.
Comments from the Sacramento Patch…….
cole.stuart April 27, 2014 at 07:25 PM
The DV Restraining Orders are not only complicated, they're egregiously First Amendment and Due Process violations. If you think that lawyers are running from family court up until now, just wait. Family Law Facilitators Office, Family Justice Center Alliance, and even the Judicial Council itself are headed for rough seas. We explain more here: http://wp.me/p4aG7J-LX
Bob April 27, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Yup! It was all that damn paperwork and those confusing documents that violated my rights. Not only did it violate my rights in general, it also assaulted both my children and me in it's office, it arrested me for it's losing it's temper and judicial composure (besides being ignorant of the law re contempt of court, et. al.), it assaulted me in a courtroom, it pushed two chairs at my head while I was trying to arise after being pushed to the ground (I am disabled!), it continuously doesn't read the case file (it's own documents) in order to prepare for a hearing and know what the hell is going on in the case, it colludes with other paperwork and documents to screw me in court as a pro se litigant (and gets the opposing attorney on the side of the documents), it illegally abducted my children without a court order, and much, much more. Yeah, that damn paperwork and those damn documents, are criminal! Wait, oh, wait, they're just inanimate objects. They don't make decisions, they aren't supposed to know and follow the law, they have no discretion, they are not held to a standard in which they must adhere to a judicial code of conduct and/or a standards under which they practice law, etc.. It's people that did all of those things. See, those documents and mounds of paperwork do cause confusion. Oh well!
cleancourts April 27, 2014 at 10:44 PM
Wow, really????? All complaints, investigations regarding the courts and court connected personnel need to be public information. Once that is done a better assessment as to the problem can be determined. And there is a big problem. WE THE PEOPLE, need to demand reform, limited judicial immunity and accountability now! Interesting that law professors seem to be at an amazing rate coming to the defense of the courts. Planned propaganda? One wonders.