March 19, 2014Hold Guardians Ad Litem Accountable
By Judge Thomas W. Weissmuller (Ret.), Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut
Judge Thomas W. Weissmuller (Ret.), Chair, Executive Committee, National Parents Organization of Connecticut
Connecticut legal pundit, Norm Pattis, has been joined by many members of the bar and the general public in criticizing the Chief Justice. She refuses to acknowledge that the system is broken.
I commend her and thank her for making a public statement to support the initiative National Parents Organization has been furthering for more than a year. If not artfully crafted, Chief Justice Rogers’ commentary could have subjected her to attack by any detractors within the family bar. The Connecticut family bar has taken a strong stand against family court reform. It came under attack for sponsoring two full-time Guardians ad litem to chair the legislative Task Force to Review Child Custody Matters. It has been backed into a corner and it is fighting for its life.
My children have suffered at the hands of the Connecticut family court system; so I understand why people are quick to attack Chief Justice Rogers for her statement that the system is “not broken. ” If the system is actually designed to harm our children, we will be justified in condemning the head of that system. To interpret Chief Justice Rogers’ statement in this manner is wholly unfair.
I write to support the Chief Justice because I have served as a chief presiding judge and understand the limitations imposed by the Judicial Code of Conduct. I have presided over more than one thousand family related cases in nearly fifteen years of trial service in a foreign jurisdiction; and I have faced heat when I have publicly criticized obvious shortcomings in the judicial system. Read more...
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