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CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 - SECT 100

Guardian ad litem--child or young person

100 Guardian ad litem--child or young person

(1) The Children's Court may appoint a guardian ad litem for a child or young person if it is of the opinion that:
(a) there are special circumstances that warrant the appointment, and
(b) the child or young person will benefit from the appointment.
(2) Special circumstances that warrant the appointment of a guardian ad litem may include that the child or young person has special needs because of age, disability or illness or that the child or young person is, for any reason, not capable of giving proper instructions to a legal representative.
(3) The functions of a guardian ad litem of a child or young person are:
(a) to safeguard and represent the interests of the child or young person, and
(b) to instruct the legal representative of the child or young person.
(4) A legal representative of a child or young person for whom a guardian ad litem has been appointed is to act on the instructions of the guardian ad litem.



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