Ministry launches litigation guardian campaign – The Royal Gazette

Created: Jan 23, 2022 12:21

Appeal: A campaign to recruit litigation guardians for children involved in legal proceedings has been launched (file photo)

A call went out today for people to step in as litigation guardians for children and young people going through the justice system.

The Department of Social Development and Seniors has solicited expressions of interest for the position.

A ministry spokesperson said, “The role of the litigation guardian is an essential check and balance in the assessment and analysis of a child’s situation and in the court’s decision-making process.

“Situations involving children at risk at home or in the community are rarely clear cut or straightforward.

“Evidence can be susceptible to more than one interpretation, which is why an independent perspective from the child’s perspective is so important in the legal process.”

Applicants should have a minimum of a Masters degree in social work or a similar discipline, at least five years of practical experience and be able to demonstrate that they can work in a team.

The job description stated that “exposure to the legal system would be a definite asset”.

He added that plaintiffs should be able to “conduct themselves appropriately within chambers or in open court” as well as “write concise professional forensic reports that clearly demonstrate attention to family systems and well-presented recommendations.” which are in the best interests of the child”. ”.

They must also be prepared to participate in continuing education, training seminars and conferences.

Litigation Tutors are appointed by Tinee Furbert, Minister of Social Development and Seniors.

Ms Furbert said: “This is a critical role in the process of assessing what is in the best interests of children who require intervention through Bermuda’s justice system.

“We are calling on qualified individuals who are interested in completing the required application, indicating the pleading group of guardians, as well as including an updated resume.”

Ms Furbert said: “I look forward to receiving expressions of interest and want to thank our community in advance for their support, interest and commitment to what we seek to achieve.”

The legal guardian application form can be found here.

Prospective litigation guardians will be invited to a familiarization session to be held the week of February 21.

Contact the Department of Social Development and Seniors at [email protected] or by phone at 444 2466 for more information.

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