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Utah State Courts

Cause Area

  • Justice & Legal
  • People with Disabilities
  • Seniors

Location

206 West Tabernacle StreetSt. George, UT 84770 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The Court Visitor Program plays an integral role in the guardianship process and provides an important service in assisting the courts' ability to make informed decisions about guardianship and conservatorship cases. Additionally, the program works to preserve the dignity and respect for persons subject to guardianship by making their voice heard in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. Court Visitors are volunteers who live in all areas of the state and are asked by district courts in their area to conduct investigations aimed a protecting vulnerable persons in guardianship cases. A Court Visitor might interview the parties and medical professionals to help ascertain if guardianship is necessary, to what extent and if the proposed guardian is an appropriate choice. After guardianship is granted, the court may ask a Court Visitor to investigate concerns about the protected person's well-being, finances or living arrangement.

Description

Court Visitor tasks may include examining records and documents, searching for guardians with whom the court has lost contact, interviewing and gathering information and then writing an unbiased, neutral report summarizing the investigation. Reports are then submitted to the judge so that informed decisions can be made.

The Court Visitor program is also looking to recruit two-person Court Visitor Teams. Court Visitor Teams conduct the same important work as a Court Visitor, but they do so by working together on a case - reviewing records, conducting interviews, gathering information, and completing a report for the judge. Volunteering as a Court Visitor Team is a great way to share the challenging and rewarding work of a Court Visitor with a friend or significant other!

Qualifications:

  • 18 years or older
  • Able to pass an interview and background check
  • Access to reliable transportation (Some interviews may be done in person within the court jurisdiction you live in when Covid restrictions lift.)
  • Knowledge of and access to computer/internet (with ability to interview virtually)
  • Excellent listening skills and the ability to work with a wide variety of individuals
  • Good writing skills
  • Ability to remain objective and neutral
  • Able to commit to a year at about 8 hours a month (can be more if willing)

We encourage those with bilingual ability to apply!

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