What is the Guardianship Monitoring Program?
The New Jersey Judiciary Guardianship Monitoring Program (GMP) is a comprehensive statewide volunteer-based court program established to monitor guardians in their handling of the affairs of incapacitated individuals and to ensure that they are performing their duties appropriately. Monitoring and oversight of guardianships helps identify, address, prevent, and deter activities that are harmful to incapacitated individuals.
The goal of the GMP is to safeguard and reduce the potential for abuse and exploitation of incapacitated individuals by their guardians. The program is committed to helping ensure that these vulnerable members of society are treated with dignity and respect, while also assisting guardians in their sometimes difficult role.
How does the Guardianship Monitoring Program work?
Trained GMP volunteers use the Guardianship Monitoring System (GMS), a computer application comprised of a statewide guardianship database and a report review tool, to track and follow up on guardianship files. The volunteers’ work ensures that guardians comply with statutory and court-ordered requirements to file documents and reports and manage the affairs of incapacitated individuals effectively.
What types of volunteer opportunities are available in the GMP?
The GMP recruits volunteers to serve as either researchers or reviewers (volunteer may select preference).
Researchers examine documents contained in guardianship files and enter information about the guardianships into GMS. Researchers also help obtain current information about incapacitated persons and their guardians and update GMS records. Data that researchers enter into GMS is used to build the statewide GMS database and to verify that guardians comply with reporting requirements.
Reviewers examine inventories and annual reports filed by guardians. These documents provide the court with information about the affairs of incapacitated persons to ensure that they are being handled properly and in their best interest. Reviewers use GMS to record their findings, including errors or discrepancies in guardians’ reports, and to make recommendations about follow-up action that court staff or Probate Part judges should take.
Researchers and reviewers must have basic computer skills and should have some experience and/or interest in reading and understanding legal and/or financial documents. Training is provided for all GMP volunteers.
How to Volunteer.
To volunteer, you must complete an application form. From the applications received, candidates will be selected for an interview.
Should you have any additional questions, need assistance or wish to volunteer:
1. Visit website: www.judiciary.state.nj.us/guardianship/index.html
2. Contact the Guardianship Monitoring Program state coordinator at:
- Phone Toll Free: 855-406-1262
3. Contact the Essex County Surrogate's Court at:
- Phone: 973-621-4903
We will take basic information from you and forward it to our county coordinator.