Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady signed an order last Friday, Aug. 28,
appointing 53 members to the Guardianship and Conservatorship Reform Task
Force. A list of those appointed can be found here.
task force was created last January to review Iowa’s guardianship and
conservatorship laws and procedures, and to propose recommendations for new
court processes and improvements to the current process for statewide adoption.
A nine-member steering committee was appointed at the time the task force was
created to oversee the effort.
task force is actively seeking input from the bench
and bar regarding issues and problems with the existing guardianship and
conservatorship system. Any interested organization, agency or person may
submit a written statement and a request to present oral testimony.
According to the Supreme Court, there are currently 22,000 open
guardianship and conservatorship cases. More recognition is given to the need
for reform at the state and national levels as the number of cases continues to
Those interested in providing input or in learning more can view
the request for input here. The deadline for
submission of written testimony and to request the opportunity to present oral
testimony is no later than the close of business Sept. 14. Individuals may
contact Professor Josephine Gittler, member of the Task Force Steering
Committee and co-coordinator via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.