State high court cre­ates child cus­tody re­form panel

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NEVADA -

The Ne­vada Supreme Court filed an or­der Tues­day cre­at­ing a Com­mit­tee to Study Child Cus­tody Re­form.

In the or­der, state Supreme Court Jus­tice Lidia Stiglich was ap­pointed to the com­mit­tee, which will in­clude eight oth­ers.

“Guardian­ship is one of the things that come up oc­ca­sion­ally,” said Michael Som­mer­meyer, Ne­vada Apel­late Courts spokesman. “And we prob­a­bly haven’t looked at this in a while.”

To form the com­mit­tee, four pri­vate at­tor­neys will be ap­pointed by the Fam­ily Law Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil of the State Bar of Ne­vada. One le­gal ser­vices at­tor­ney will be se­lected by South­ern Ne­vada Le­gal Ser­vices, along with one se­lected by Washoe Le­gal Ser­vices. One dis­trict judge from North­ern Ne­vada and one from South­ern Ne­vada will be ap­pointed.

Within 90 days from the se­lec­tion of the com­mit­tee mem­bers, they are ex­pected to make rec­om­men­da­tions for leg­isla­tive re­form of child cus­tody mat­ters, the or­der said.

“They’ll prob­a­bly just look at the whole process. Is it work­ing? Is it not work­ing? What can be done to im­prove it?” Som­mer­meyer said. “We’re al­ways try­ing to im­prove the ju­di­ciary process in some way.”

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