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This page lists official publications for the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Panel.

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If you are looking for GAL forms, please visit our Forms page.

Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct establishes acceptable standards of conduct for Guardians ad Litem. It came into effect on 30 August 2010.

Download Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct (PDF 105kb)

Guardians ad Litem Handbook 

  • The handbook was written to help GALs understand their duties and to carry out those duties in a proper and responsible manner.
  • The handbook clarifies other obligations of GALs, such as informing the Department of Justice of any changes in their contact details and about matters that might affect their appointments.

 Capacity Toolkit

  • The Capacity Toolkit is a guide to assessing a person's capacity to make legal, medical, financial and personal decisions. The Capacity Toolkit was created in response to requests from lawyers, medical professionals, health workers, carers and advocates who required more information about capacity, some general capacity principles and guidelines on assessing a person's capacity to make decisions.

Download Capacity Toolkit [PDF, 1.8MB]