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2024 California Rules of Court

Rule 7.1104. Local administration

(a) Procedures

(1)  A local court may create and maintain lists or panels of certified attorneys or approve the public defender's office and one or more legal services organizations to provide qualified attorneys for appointment under Probate Code sections 1470 and 1471 to represent specific categories of persons in proceedings under division 4 of that code.

(2)  A court may establish, by local rule adopted under rule 10.613, procedural requirements, including submission of an application, as conditions for approval for appointment or placement on a list or panel.

(b) Exception to qualifications

A court may appoint an attorney who is not qualified under rule 7.1102 or 7.1103 on an express finding, on the record or in writing, of circumstances that make such an appointment necessary. These circumstances may include, but are not limited to, when:

(1)  No qualified attorney is available for appointment; or

(2)  The needs or interests of the person to be represented cannot be served without the appointment of an attorney who has other specific knowledge, skills, or experience.

Rule 7.1104 adopted effective January 1, 2020.

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