San Diego Courts Cover Up Missing Forms and Psych Evals

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I’ve been getting feedback on my recent article Stephen Doyne and San Diego Family Law Courts Under Fire from quite a few people. I’ll be sharing some of these comments and stories with readers. While verifying the accuracy of all of these comments is probably impossible given the amount of lying in courts and confidentiality rules and judicial gag orders, they sound at least plausible. Some have included details that lend added credibility to the reports. Please keep the reports coming. You can email them to [email protected] or leave them as comments on any of my articles and note whether you’re OK publishing the comment as-is or would like it to be anonymously contributed to the ongoing coverage of corrupt family law courts.

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Judge Lorna Alksne Orders Court Staff to Obtain Missing FL326/327 Forms

There have been many reports of missing or never filed FL326 and FL327 forms for psychological evaluations in San Diego County. It’s been common practice to ignore the requirements for these forms. Now it appears that the court staff may be attempting to remedy or cover up (the appropriate phrase depends upon your viewpoint) this missing information by going through files and asking the evaluators to send the forms for psychological evaluations that may have been filed months or even years previously.

While it would be good if the paperwork was in order, filing these forms after the completion of an evaluation seems to significantly compromise the purpose of the forms. They are supposed to be filed before the evaluation begins. Yet it has been common practice for them to be filed along with the evaluation or never.

By attempting to “fix” the missing paperwork in this way, Alksne and her judicial employees are creating a perception of a cover-up. That may not be their intention, but as the saying goes, perception is reality.

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Lost Psychological Evaluation Reports

Alksne’s department F5 court clerk, Lilia Garibay-Sanchez, recently called a San Diego County section 730 psychological evaluator to get copies of the psychological evaluation report in a case that had been decided some time ago. While court employees were reviewing files due to the widespread complaints about the lack of state-required FL326 and FL327 forms in many cases, someone noticed this particular case file was missing the forms.

The former judge (reportedly Judge Patricia Garcia) had ordered that the evaluation reports not be released to either parent. Instead, they were to be held in the court file. The concern by the evaluator and court was that one of the parents in particular has a habit of misusing documents to attack the other party in unwarranted fashions.

When Garibay-Sanchez called to request the missing forms from the evaluator, she was told two signed copies had been sent to the court and the required forms had been signed and attached to the reports. Yet not only could she not find a copy of the forms, she couldn’t find the report in the file. Garibay-Sanchez indicated that she would have to check with Alksne to see if the judge would want copies of the report in the file, then called back a while later to ask for more copies of the report to be sent.

It is suspected that the unstable parent in the case may have viewed the file in the court records office and simply walked away with part of it, thus removing the evaluation report and obtaining a copy for herself. Security on court files is reportedly poor and theft and alteration of files occurs because of this, despite such actions being a felony.

Evaluation Reports Can Be Misused

As psychological evaluation reports tend to be critical of both parents and often embarrassing allegations and facts are discussed in them, these documents disappearing from court files and ending up who knows where is potentially a very damaging problem. Even if there is nothing really incriminating in the report, its uncontrolled release can mean trouble.

Child custody litigants have been known to abridge, alter, and fabricate documents to support their positions that they should get sole custody because the other parent is a horrible, dangerous, and abusive person. They can use documents such as the psychological evaluations as part of a character assassination effort against a target parent using misinformation which can be very authentic looking, enough that they can twist the perceptions of other people into attacking the target parent. While not all of the parents pulling such games have personality disorders, the article BPD Distortion Campaigns discusses many of means they use in such attacks.

Missing Reports Can Yield Bad Judicial Decisions

Furthermore, it is not unusual for child custody, child support, and other motions to be filed repeatedly for years after the psychological evaluation is done. If the parties are not allowed to have copies and the court’s copy is “lost” or stolen or destroyed, a parent who had been criticized heavily in the report might be able to gain an advantage from this.

Judges often have trouble remembering old cases and many of these cases are reassigned to new judges as the old ones get out of the dismal family law courts. The judge may not have any recollection of the case, so the lack of the report in the court file could become a critical problem.

While the problem could be fixed if the section 730 evaluator still has the records, the weeks it may take to obtain replacement copies could cause the courts to make worse decisions than they might otherwise make or to delay taking action that would be clearly appropriate were the report available. For example, it is not uncommon for ex-parte motions to be filed over abuse allegations asking for one parent’s custody to be revoked. If the report that says the accusing parent is not reliable and tends to fabricate stories and train the children to lie is missing from the file, the judge hearing the ex-parte motion may grant it even though doing so is inappropriate.

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Further Reading

Unjust Delays in San Diego Family Law Courts

Eileen Lasher on San Diego CPS/Family Law Court Misconduct

Amicus Curiae brief filed for Emad Tadros v. Stephen Doyne

Stephen Doyne and San Diego Family Law Courts Under Fire

California Legislature Orders Investigation of Family Law Courts

Unconstitutional Child Custody Decisions

Holding Family Law Judges Accountable

California Family Law: Elkins Task Force

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  1. December 4th, 2009 at 11:37 | #1

    What a nightmare the abuse of ex parte is. How can we live in a country and allow the removal of Due Process in order for a parent, who undergoes no background check & can be abusive or worse, can pay their way to court in order to destroy the other parent?

  2. Ben
    December 18th, 2010 at 20:11 | #2

    Lorna Alksne is a corrupt cover-up artist in my honest opinion. I have written her a few letters about my case FL327 and FL326, neither of which are in my case file. I’ve shown Alksne all the proof she needs to see verifying every bit of proof regarding these forms, who voted on them, when they became mandatory, proof that Stephen Doyne did not even have the required training as mandated by State Law, every bit of proof possible about the FLs and Doyne, and in the last mailing I packaged all of those details for Alksne with highlighted specifics so that any ding-dong could see very clearly what needs to be seen to prove beyond a doubt, the facts. I have not heard from Lorna Alksne since then. She knows exactly what is going on and is working to ignore me, and in the process she is denying me a complaint process, due process that I should have been given years ago. Both of these processes are MANDATORY, no exceptions. She is extremely unprofessional and corrupt. San Diego Superior Court on all levels is ignoring these very rules and any complaint about them. They have never acknowledged that they have made mistakes and consequently showed steps for proper remedy. I believe they just want to bury their heads in the sand and make this all go away. When, when Mr. Roddy and when, when Lorna Alksne are you going to be honest and forthright and make remedy for your mistakes and ignorance???

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