Olivares et al v. County of Stanislaus et al
ORDER signed by Chief District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller on 01/17/23 GRANTING 28 Motion to Appoint ad Litem. APPOINTING Todd Kraft as guardian ad litem for W.O., M.D., and S.O.. (Licea Chavez, V)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
McKenzie Olivares, et al.,
County of Stanislaus, et al.,
Plaintiffs McKenzie & Dylan Olivares and their three minor children request an order
appointing Todd Kraft as guardian ad litem for the three children. See generally Appl., ECF
No. 28. In the interests of adjudicating this action justly and efficiently and in protecting the
minor plaintiffs’ interests, and in the absence of any opposition or prejudice to any party, the
court excuses plaintiffs from the requirements of Rules 202 and 230 on its own motion. See E.D.
Cal. L.R. 202(a) (governing motions for the appointment of guardians ad litem); E.D. Cal. L.R.
230(b) (setting deadlines and procedures for all motions); cf. Min. Order, ECF No. 23 (directing
plaintiffs to comply with Local Rules 202 and 230). Plaintiffs’ counsel is cautioned that motions
and applications may be summarily denied in the future if they do not comply with this district’s
Todd Kraft is the uncle of plaintiff McKenzie Olivares. Kraft Decl. ¶ 2, ECF No. 28-2.
He is not a party. Id. He has been informed of the duties of a guardian ad litem and believes he is
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qualified and competent to protect the children’s rights and interests. Id. ¶¶ 5–6. The court is
satisfied that appointing Kraft as guardian ad litem will adequately protect the minor plaintiffs’
rights and interests in this action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 17(c). The application at
ECF No. 28 is therefore granted: Kraft is appointed as the guardian ad litem for minor plaintiffs
W.O., M.D., and S.O. for this action.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED: January 17, 2023.
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