Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Save the Date for the 2016 PDA Conference!

Mark your calendars!  The Annual Conference of the Parental Defense Alliance of Utah will be on

April 28-29, 2016

We look forward to seeing you again!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Want the Handout from the E-Filing Training?

The Court provided us with a nice handout at the E-Filing Training last Friday, November 6, 2015.

They have put together a Power Point presentation with screenshots that is specifically for defense counsel.  As of the date of the training it was not available online.  The handout included 42 pages of full color slides from the Power Point presentation.

It's a great reference and would allow you to even write some notes on it as you perfect the E-Filing process.

If you are interested in a hard copy, email Kate Hansen at and leave your name and address.  We will stick one in the mail for you.

Copies are limited and we will not produce more once they are gone.

Proposed Enhancements for the CARE E-Filing System

We had a great turnout for our E-Filing training last Friday, November 6, 2015.  In addition to some general information about the E-Filing system CARE, Brody Arishita of the courts provided live demonstrations and explanations of various aspects of how to perform certain actions in the system.

While the system is live now (in other words you don't have to wait until December 1, 2015 to begin E-Filing on your cases), there are still enhancements that would make the system easier.  The following is a list of enhancements that the PDA is passing onto the E-Filing team for consideration.  If you have additional items, you can comment here or contact Kate Hansen at

1.  Rather that simply search by the name of the child, it would be helpful for parental defense attorneys to be able to search by parent name.
2.  When adding difference cases/children to a particular filing, it would be helpful to have a check box available, rather than adding them manually.
3.  It would be helpful if the contact information for counsel and state workers were available in the system, such as GALs, AGs or caseworkers.
4.  On the search page it would be helpful to be able to change the default from A-A to A-Z.
5.  On the MyCalendar page, it would be helpful to be able to search for a date range rather than just look at one day at a time.
6.  A file repository in the system would be helpful, particularly when there are multiple users in a firm.
Thanks to all who attended and especially the court staff--Katie Gregory, Krista Airam, and Brody Aristita-- for coming!