Rule 5.735. Legal guardianship
(a) Proceedings in juvenile court (§ 366.26(d))
The proceedings for the appointment of a legal guardian for a dependent child must be in the juvenile court. The request for appointment of a guardian must be included in the social study report prepared by the county welfare department or in the assessment prepared for the hearing under section 366.26. Neither a separate petition nor a separate hearing is required.
(Subd (a) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective July 1, 1997, July 1, 1999, and January 1, 2006.)
(b) Notice; hearing
Notice for the guardianship hearing must be given under section 294, and the hearing must proceed under section 366.26.
(Subd (b) amended effective January 1, 2006; previously amended effective July 1, 1999.)
(c) Conduct of hearing
(1)Before appointing a guardian, the court must read and consider the social study report specified in section 366.26 and note its consideration in the minutes of the court.
(2)The preparer of the social study report may be called in and examined by any party to the proceedings.
(Subd (c) amended effective January 1, 2006; previously amended effective July 1, 1999.)
(d) Findings and orders
(1)If the court finds that legal guardianship is the appropriate permanent plan, the court must appoint the guardian and order the clerk to issue letters of guardianship, which will not be subject to the confidentiality protections of juvenile court documents as described in section 827.
(2)The court may issue orders regarding visitation of the child by a parent or other relative.
(3)On appointment of a guardian under section 366.26, the court may terminate dependency.
(Subd (d) amended effective January 1, 2006; previously amended effective July 1, 1999.)
(e) Notification of appeal rights
The court must advise all parties of their appeal rights as provided in rule 5.585.
(Subd (e) amended effective January 1, 2007; previously amended effective January 1, 2006.)
Rule 5.735 amended and renumbered effective January 1, 2007; adopted as rule 1464 effective January 1, 1991; renumbered as rule 1465 effective July 1, 1995; previously amended effective July 1, 1999, and January 1, 2006.