Court Visitor

Date: Ongoing

Organized By: Utah Courts - Court Visitor Program

State: UT

Contact: visitor@utcourts.gov
Court Visitor Program Coordinator
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Court Visitors live in all areas of the state, serving primarily from home. They are asked by judges in their area to conduct investigations aimed at protecting vulnerable persons in guardianship cases.

A Court Visitor may 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.

Other 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 cases - 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, while giving back to the community in a meaningful way, by helping protect the rights of vulnerable individuals.

People with bilingual abilities are encouraged to apply!

Qualifications:
- 18 years or older
- Able to pass an interview and background check
- Access to reliable transportation (Some interviews may be done in person in your area 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
- Reliable and dependable (Case assignments can be made according to your schedule but once assigned, there is a court deadline).

Skill Desired: Spanish Language, Writing

Matching Interests: Geared for 50+ volunteers, Relevant Experience Appreciated, Handicap accessible, People with Disabilities, Legal Work, Seniors

This volunteer listing is provided by AARP's Create the Good. Visit Create The Good to search more volunteer opportunities or post your own opportunity.

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