SALT LAKE CITY — The Administrative Office of the Courts is asking for volunteers to help with a guardianship monitoring program.
The volunteers are being sought from the 3rd and 7th judicial districts, which include Salt Lake, Tooele and Summit counties and Carbon, Emery, Grand and San Juan counties respectively.
"Volunteer court visitors are appointed by district court judges to make inquiries and to observe incapacitated adults and to report back to the court," according to a news release from the state courts. "The information helps the court to make informed decisions about the appointment of a guardian for an incapacitated adult."
In 2011, there were more than 4,000 adult guardianship and conservatorship court cases in the 3rd District Court and about 240 cases in the 7th District Court.
These cases involve individuals, who are seen as protected persons and are often unable to make or communicate decisions and may require help from a court-appointed guardian. The volunteer court visitor’s report helps ensure that the needs of the protected person are met, that their property is both protected and being used for their benefit and that court orders are being followed.
The courts are recruiting volunteers who will serve as interviewers, auditors, researchers, trackers and teachers.
“The goal of the Court Visitor Program is to improve the lives of vulnerable adults in our community,” said program coordinator Karolina Abuzyarova. “The program provides training and information for families and others to help them become better guardians.”
Volunteer training sessions are currently scheduled for May 14, 16, and 18 in Salt Lake City and at the end of May in Price and Moab. Volunteers must be at least 18 and will be subject to a background check. They must also pass an in-person interview.
Information about the Court Visitor Program is available at www.utcourts.gov/visitor or by calling 801-578-3925.