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Research Guides and Information

Publication from the Connecticut Judicial Branch:

Pathfinders prepared by the Connecticut Judicial Branch law librarians:

Division of Public Defender Services

OLR Research Reports - Office of Legislative Research:

  • Guardians Ad Litem - 2013-R-0098
    You asked for a description of the training and oversight of guardians ad litem (GALs) in child neglect and related cases (juvenile court) vs. those in divorce and related cases (family court) and the rationale for these differences. You also asked (1) whether family court GALs have total immunity and, if so, why and (2) why family court GALs do not conform to their state practice guidelines?

    OLR Reports 2013-R-0017 and 2012-R-0416 address related issues regarding GALs in Connecticut.

  • Guardian Litem Appointments - 2012-R-0416
    You asked several questions about guardian ad litems (GAL) assigned to represent the best interests of indigent children in Connecticut child protection matters. Your specific questions and answers follow.

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Connecticut Public Acts

Connecticut Statutes

Selected Statutes:

Chapter 53. Claims Against The State

  • Sec. 4-165. Immunity of state officers and employees from personal liability.

Chapter 801b - Probate Court Procedures

  • Sec. 45a-132. Appointment of guardian ad litem for minors and incompetent, undetermined and unborn persons.

Chapter 802h. Protected Persons and Their Property (Probate Court)

  • Sec. 45a-620. Appointment of counsel. Appointment of Guardian ad litem to speak on behalf of best interests of minor

Chapter 815j - Dissolution of Marriage, Legal Separation

  • Sec. 46b-54. Counsel for minor children. Duties.

  • Sec. 46b-62. Orders for payment of attorney's fees in certain actions.

Chapter 815t - Juvenile Matters:

  • Sec. 46b-120. (Formerly Sec. 51-301). Definitions.

  • Sec. 46b-129a.  Examination by physician. Appointment of counsel and guardian ad litem.

  • Sec. 46b-136. Appointment of attorney to represent child or youth and parent or guardian.

Connecticut Practice Book

Selected Sections:

Court Forms

  • Official Court Webforms, Connecticut Judicial Branch.

    • JD-FM-219 - Guardian Ad Litem, Request for Status Conference

    • JD-FM-225 - Affidavit of Expenses of Counsel or Guardian Ad Litem for Minor Child or Children

    • JD-FM-232 - Periodic Review Worksheet - Fees Charged by Counsel or Guardian Ad Litem

    • JD-JM-100 - Notice of Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem (Juvenile Matters)

    • JD-JM-194 - Guardian Ad Litem Request For In-Court Judicial Review (Juvenile Matters)

 

 

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