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Public Comment Sought on Proposed Guardian Background Checks

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comments on a proposed amendment that would require all adult guardian applicants to submit an affidavit regarding pending criminal charges and convictions. They also would have a duty to notify the local court within 72 hours of any changes in their information.

Rule 66.05(A) of the Rules of Superintendence requires all applicants to undergo a criminal background check. If the guardian is a licensed attorney in Ohio, then a certificate of good standing from the Supreme Court may be substituted in lieu of a criminal background check.

The proposed amendment would require the guardian to submit an affidavit affirming the applicant has:

  • No pending criminal cases
  • Not been convicted of or pled guilty or no contest to any criminal offense
  • A duty to notify the court within 72 hours of any changes in the affidavit information

Public comment should be submitted in writing or via email by Nov. 8 to:

Children and Families Section
Ohio Supreme Court
65 S. Front Street
6th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

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