Service Tree

The Service Tree lists all services in "branched" groups, starting with the very general and moving to the very specific. Click on the name of any group name to see the sub-groups available within it. Click on a service code to see its details and the providers who offer that service.

Guardians ad Litem

Individuals appointed by the court to represent, in a particular lawsuit, the interests of minors, people judged to be incompetent or people unborn or unascertained who may have a future interest in the property involved in the litigation. These special guardians may also serve as advocates for dependent children pending settlement of their cases in dependency court; and are usually attorneys but may also be court appointed special advocates (CASA volunteers).

Own Recognizance

Programs that function as impartial investigative arms of the court which accept requests concerning adults who have been formally charged with a crime, are in custody, and who want to be released without bail. The program interviews the individual, does a background check, and submits a report and recommendation regarding the request to the court.

Pre-Parole/Pre-Clemency Investigation

Programs of parole boards, commissions or other paroling authorities that conduct an investigation into the life and circumstances of offenders being considered for a parole or pardon and issue a report that can be referenced during formal proceedings to determine whether parole or clemency is suitable in a particular case. The study may involve discussions with arresting officers, court officials, victims and witnesses to the crime; an interview with the inmate to obtain personal history information (e.g., where the individual has lived and worked, family circumstances, future plans and his or her account of the crime); interviews with previous employers, family, friends and others mentioned in the personal history statement; and review of the offender's criminal history and disciplinary reports while incarcerated.

Presentence Investigation

Programs within the court and probation systems or offered by community agencies that investigate the background of convicted offenders and issue reports that can be used as sentencing guides by the court. The reports focus on the situation surrounding the criminal activity; the educational, employment and medical history of the individual; the criminal record of the offender; the environment to which the offender will return; resources available to help the offender; and recommendations for disposition of the case.

Public Counsel

Programs that are part of the city, county, state or federal judicial system that are responsible for prosecuting, in the name of the government, individuals who have been accused of an offense; for providing legal representation for representatives of government offices to which they are counsel; or for representing indigent defendants in criminal cases.

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