Millicent Sumpter v. Sean Sumpter

Custody: Access to investigation report: Due process claim

CoA No. 0120, September Term, 2011. Reported. Opinion by Harrell, J. Filed Aug. 21, 2012. RecordFax #12-0821-24, 29 pages.

While the Court of Appeals may have reservations about the viability of a local policy or ‘rule’ that bars parties’ counsel from obtaining a copy of a court-ordered custody investigation report prior to trial, the record in this case was insufficient to proceed with that determination; therefore, the court directed a remand, without affirmance or reversal, for supplementation of the record on the contours, application, and purpose of the policy or rule, and invited the Office of the Attorney General to submit an amicus brief.

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