Reprinted from the October 23, 2014 Mongoose newsletter.
The Board of Family Judges met and decided not to follow the example of Judges Farr and Hellums regarding CPS ad litem appointments and fees. The most the judges could agree to do was require ad litems to clearly state on their fee applications if any of the work was done by someone else. Click here to see the administrative order that will apply to all CPS cases in the nine family courts in Harris County. So, the politically connected favorites will still get a lot of appointments in some courts and they will be allowed to bill the county for work done by associates and social workers despite the fact it does not appear to be legal for them to do so.
Reform and change will not always happen as fast as it should, but the fight goes on!