SB 23-064

  • Colorado Senate Bill
  • 2023 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 20, 2023
  • Senate
  • House
  • Governor

Continue Office Of Public Guardianship


Under existing law, the office of public guardianship (office) is authorized to serve indigent and incapacitated adults (incapacitated adults) in need of guardianship in 3 judicial districts and is scheduled to repeal on June 30, 2024. The bill extends the office indefinitely and requires the office to operate in every judicial district in the state by December 31, 2027. The bill establishes a board of directors (board) to oversee the office. The board consists of 7 members: 3 members who are attorneys appointed by the chief justice of the Colorado supreme court and 4 non-attorney members appointed by the governor. The existing public guardianship commission that oversees the office is repealed, effective August 31, 2023. The bill clarifies the office's duties. The office's director administers the office pursuant to a memorandum of understanding with the judicial department. The bill clarifies what must be included in the memorandum of understanding. The office is required to employ guardians to provide guardianship services to the office's clients. A guardian must be certified as a guardian or become certified within 2 years after being hired by the office. The office shall provide training to guardians in specified subjects. The bill requires a court to waive filing fees for petitions for guardianship filed by the office in cases that involve an incapacitated adult who is eligible for guardianship services from the office. A court is prohibited from requiring the office or a guardian employed by the office to post a bond as a condition for appointment as a guardian. (Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

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Feb 06, 2023


Senate Committee on Judiciary Refer Amended to Appropriations

  • Referral-Committee
Judiciary Appropriations

Jan 20, 2023


Introduced In Senate - Assigned to Judiciary

  • Introduction

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
Introduced (01/20/2023) PDF
PA1 (02/07/2023) PDF
Committee Amendment PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
Fiscal Note FN1 (02/02/2023) PDF


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