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Bar News - December 15, 2006

GAL Rule Change for Late Reports


Effective Jan. 1, 2007, due to a change in RSA 490:26-g (Court Fees, Fines, Forms, and Personnel), a guardian ad litem (GAL) who does not file timely required reports is subject to fines and compulsory reporting of the same to the GAL Board, who will make the report of the late filing available to the public.


The following is the text of the rule change:


A guardian ad litem who, without good cause, fails to file a report required by any court or statute by the date the report is due may be subject to a fine, established by supreme court rule, of not less than $100 and not more than the amount of costs and attorneys fees incurred by the parties to the action for the day of the hearing. The guardian ad litem shall not be subject to the fine under this section if, at least 10 days prior to the date the report is due, he or she files a motion requesting an extension of time to file the report. The court clerk shall report a guardian ad litem who fails to file a report by the date the report is due to the guardian ad litem board. The court clerk and the guardian ad litem board shall make such report available to the public.

Source. 2006, 235:1, eff. Jan. 1, 2007.




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