Effective July 1, 2015, the Chief Judge is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of private attorneys to represent children with certain special needs pursuant to s. 39.01305, F.S.
As with other court appointments, these appointments are pursuant to a registry. As designated by the Chief Judge, the Office of the General Counsel is responsible for creating and distributing the registry of attorneys to represent children with certain special needs. The attorneys approved for this registry must execute the same JAC Agreement for Attorney Services executed by other registry counsel. In order to receive compensation for this type of appointment, the order of appointment must reflect that the child meets one of the criteria specified in s. 39.01305, F.S. The authority of the court to appoint compensated counsel is limited to the five categories set forth in the statute.
Before appointing an attorney for compensation, the court must appoint a pro bono attorney who is willing to represent the child without additional compensation, if one is available. The appointing court is required to consult with the GAL in attempting to locate a pro bono attorney. If a pro bono attorney cannot be located or a recommendation is not provided with 15 days, the court is authorized to appoint compensated counsel. The order of appointment must reflect that the court was unable to appoint a pro bono attorney.
The following individuals have been approved to be added to the Fifth Circuit Registry and entered into a contract with the JAC to be appointed for Children with Certain Special Needs In accordance with 39.01305, F.S.
Bar ID: 47524
Counties: Citrus, Sumter, Hernando
SILVA, Helen N.
Bar ID: 0881929
Counties: All (Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, and Sumter)