A. 1. In every criminal case filed pursuant to the Oklahoma Child
Abuse Reporting and Prevention Act, the judge of the district court
may appoint an attorney-at-law to appear for and represent a child who
is the alleged victim of child abuse or neglect.
2. The attorney may be allowed a reasonable fee for such services and
shall meet with the child as soon as possible after receiving
notification of the appointment.
3. Except for good cause shown to the court, the attorney shall meet
with the child not less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to any
4. The attorney shall be given access to all reports relevant to the
case and to any reports of examination of the child's parents, legal
guardian, custodian or other person responsible for the child's health
or safety made pursuant to this section.
5. The attorney shall represent the child and any expressed interests
of the child. To that end, the attorney shall make such further
investigation as the attorney deems necessary to ascertain the facts,
to interview witnesses, examine and cross-examine witnesses at the
preliminary hearing and trial, make recommendations to the court, and
participate further in the proceedings to the degree appropriate for
adequately representing the child.
B. A court-appointed special advocate or guardian ad litem as defined
by the Oklahoma Children's Code and the Oklahoma Juvenile Code may be
appointed to represent the best interests of the child who is the
alleged subject of child abuse or neglect. The court-appointed special
advocate or guardian ad litem shall be given access to all reports
relevant to the case and to reports of service providers and of
examination of the child's parents, legal guardian, custodian or other
person responsible for the child's health or safety made pursuant to
this section including but not limited to, information authorized by
the Oklahoma Children's Code and the Oklahoma Juvenile Code.
C. At such time as the information maintained by the statewide
registry for child abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect is indexed by name
of perpetrator and the necessary and appropriate due process
procedures are established by the Department of Human Services, a
court-appointed special advocate organization, in accordance with the
policies and rules of the Department, may utilize the registry for the
purpose of completing background screenings of volunteers with the