At times the Civil Division of the Superior Court appoints the chief probation officer to act as a court investigator in civil matters. In such instances, a probation officer will conduct an investigation and make a recommendation to the court as to the appropriateness of beginning, continuing, or terminating the following types of court petitions:
This is a court process that is established when because of age or disability, an individual no longer is able to care for themselves. It can cover the person and/or their estate. The court appointed conservator (the person taking care of the individual) can either be a relative or the Public Guardian.
This is a minor who is in need of the protection of the court for some reason. An example would be a grandparent who wishes to obtain legal guardianship of their grandchild because neither of the natural parents is currently willing or able to provide proper care for the child.
This is a step-parent who is married to one of the natural parents of a child and wishes to adopt the child. The investigator examines whether or not this action is in the best interest of the child.
If an adult wishes to have their name changed legally, the court investigator conducts an investigation to make sure there is no unlawful reason for the name change.
Marriage of Minor
When a minor wishes to marry someone, whether the intended spouse is an adult or another minor, the court requires the engaged couple to complete several steps before granting them a marriage license. The court investigator determines whether or not all requirements have been met.