Commissioners pass resolution that provides attorney's for CASA only when necessary

CLARKSTON, WA - The Asotin County Commissioners passed a resolution to reduce the number of attorneys appointed to child-dependency cases.

Until recently, every child was appointed an attorney in Asotin County to represent them in court, along with a CASA volunteer. But with lack of funds and some situations where children didn't need a lawyer, the commission chose to require an attorney only if necessary. Prosecutor Ben Nichols said he thinks the commission made the right decision.

"Is a recognition of the great work that CASA is doing," said Nichols. "And that we don't want to go back to the days when attorneys served as guardians ad lidem, that we want to stay with CASA in the courtroom, providing the voice for the children."

Children in dependency cases can receive a lawyer if they meet the specified requirements of the resolution.