Communities and Justice


This page lists forms commonly used by members of the Guardian ad Litem Panel and participating Courts and Tribunals.

Information for GALs

Guardian ad Litem Recruitment

Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct

The Code of Conduct establishes acceptable standards of conduct for Guardians ad Litem. It came into effect on 1 September 2010.

Download Guardian ad Litem Code of Conduct (PDF 105kb)

Guardian ad Litem Handbook 

  • The handbook was written to help GALs understand their duties and to carry out those duties in a proper and responsible manner.
  • The handbook clarifies other obligations of GALs, such as informing the Department of Communities and Justice of any changes in their contact details and about matters that might affect their appointments.

Download Guardian ad Litem Handbook

Capacity Toolkit

The Capacity Toolkit is a guide to assessing a person's capacity to make legal, medical, financial and personal decisions. The Capacity Toolkit was created in response to requests from lawyers, medical professionals, health workers, carers and advocates who required more information about capacity, some general capacity principles and guidelines on assessing a person's capacity to make decisions.

Download Capacity Toolkit (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Assessing mental capacity

Last updated:

31 Aug 2023