Ninth Circuit Declines to Hear Foster Children’s Claims Challenging Attorney Caseloads

Vol 30 No 8

The Ninth Circuit upheld a district court ruling abstaining from hearing foster children’s claim that their court-appointed lawyers’ high caseloads violated federal and state constitutional and statutory provisions. The court agreed with the district court’s decision to abstain from ruling in the case based on principles in O’Shea v. Littleton, which preclude federal courts from deciding claims that could substantially interfere with state court administration.

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