CPS Policies

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DFPS Drug Testing Sites

The most current list available  of DFPS-approved drug testing facility sites is available here (as of 6/27/2018).

E-Filing

The waiver account must be used for e-filing.

If you are an attorney of record, and you have questions about “locked” pleadings, please contact the 470th District Court clerks –
Natalie Adams, nsadams@co.collin.tx.us, 972-548-4211
Erika Ruiz, eruiz@co.collin.tx.us, 972-548-4213

Scheduling

At the initial hearing, we will schedule the trial and all future settings in the case.

This Excel spreadsheet may help calculate deadlines in CPS cases.  This spreadsheet is merely a resource and is not legal advice or a court order.  Use at your own risk!

Please ensure that whoever attends the initial hearing has access to the calendar(s) of the attorneys/parties that will be attending future hearing and trial settings.

If you expect a hearing to be contested, we appreciate if you let us know by email as soon as possible, to help us plan.

If an attorney represents a party that has not yet been served, that attorney may contact the court in advance to ask to appear by phone at a scheduled hearing.

Child Must Attend Permanency Hearings

Each child over age 4 must be physically present at the courthouse during each permanency hearing. See Fam. Code § 263.302.

If there is a safety or security concern, please contact the bailiff in advance – Kris Lea, 470@co.collin.tx.us, 972-548-5671

The child’s attorney should make advance arrangements if a child will be appearing by video conference.

The child’s attorney should make advance arrangements with the District Attorney’s office if childcare assistance will be needed.

Video Conferencing

The 470th District Court participates in a statewide video conferencing project to facilitate children’s participation in court hearings as well as video conferences between a child and the child’s CASA.

Video conferencing must be scheduled in advance with the court because the equipment must be checked out from the courthouse IT Department.

Time Limits

The court imposes time limits on all cases, including CPS cases.  Please prepare in advance an estimate of the minutes needed for your side and be prepared to explain why that amount of time is appropriate and necessary.

For example, a contested 14-day adversary hearing or permanency hearing might allocate 30 minutes for the Department, 15 minutes for the child’s attorney ad litem, and 20 minutes for each parent. This allocation of time would likely result in a hearing lasting about 2 ½ hours, so please plan accordingly.

Parties may not trade/give/take minutes from other parties.

Court-Appointed Attorneys for Parents and Affidavits of Indigence

The court appoints attorneys for parents on an ex parte basis pursuant to Tex. Fam. Code § 107.0141. This appointment ends at the initial adversary hearing.

If a parent requests that his/her attorney continue to be appointed by the court, that parent must complete an affidavit of indigence before or at the adversary hearing.

Affidavit of Indigence (English)

Acuerdo de Indigencia (Spanish)

If a parent is indigent, a new order will be signed before or at the adversary hearing, continuing the appointment of the attorney.

If a parent is not indigent, an order will be signed at the adversary hearing discharging the court-appointed attorney. The parent is free to make arrangements to privately retain that attorney.

Billing, Pay Sheets, and Reimbursements

Please submit pay sheets monthly, within 30 days of the work performed.  If a pay sheet is submitted for work completed more than 90 days previously, it will be denied.

Time should be billed at the hourly rate set for CPS cases in Collin County.

Travel – Attorney travel time should be billed at ½ the attorney hourly rate. Travel to the courthouse or to the Collin County Children’s Advocacy Center should not be billed.  Mileage for trips greater than 50 miles will be reimbursed at current IRS rates ($0.545 per mile as of 2018).

Receipts are required for expenses.