Summary of this bill:
1. Removes the quasi-judicial immunity provided to guardians ad litem by statute;
2. Allows a cause of action and the award of punitive damages against guardians ad litem who falsely accuse parties of abuse or neglect or who intentionally exclude relevant information from reports to the parties or the court;
3. Requires the court to impose limits on the extent of investigations to be undertaken by a guardian ad litem;
4. Requires all guardians ad litem to have a minimum amount of completed course work in social work; and
5. Requires the court to set expenditure limits on guardian ad litem fees and any other costs incurred in investigations or the completion of the duties of the appointment.
The bill may be found here: 127th Legislature
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This Bill was presented by Senator DUTREMBLE of York.
Cosponsored by Representative CRAFTS of Lisbon and Senator: PATRICK of Oxford, Representatives: FECTEAU of Biddeford, SHAW of Standish, SHORT of Pittsfield, VEROW of Brewer, WOOD of Sabattus.