Attorney Joseph Torri is on the Riverside Superior Court's - Family Law Minor's Counsel List of Approved Attorneys. In certain cases, family law court judges will appoint private attorneys to represent children in a child custody or a parenting time (visitation) case. The court can appoint Minor's Counsel for many different reasons. When parents significantly disagree about the issues of parenting time and the child experiences stress, a judge could appoint an attorney to represent the child. Minor's Counsel attorneys collect and present evidence about the best interests of the child in addition to other duties of counsel. Also, counsel can present the child's wishes if the child would like that to be accomplished. The appointed attorney may also inform the court if the child wants to address the court. These are some of the most serious cases a family court must hear.
California Rules of Court, rule 5.242 detail the training and experience Minor's Counsel must have. The attorney must have at least twelve hours of education and training on specific topics under the rules of court, have a certain amount of experience before being appointed, and receive an additional eight hours of training each year.