Guardian Review Program

The Guardian Review Program was established to assist the Probate Court with monitoring the quality of care for the people who have been placed under guardianship/conservatorship.

Objectives of the program include reducing the potential for the abuse of vulnerable elderly and disabled wards, educating fiduciaries about their responsibilities as guardians and conservators, and increasing the community's awareness of the guardianship system and the problems faced by incapacitated persons.

The Guardian Review Program was one of the first pilot programs nationally to utilize volunteers for guardianship monitoring.

How it Works

The Probate Court appoints guardians and conservators for persons who, due to physical or mental disabilities, need help in making decisions about their daily lives. While most guardians and conservators undertake their duties conscientiously, in some cases they do not live up to the court's expectations and fail to arrange for the care people need or fail to administer their funds responsibly.  Prior to the establishment of this cooperative program, there was no consistent way to determine if the guardian or conservator was providing good care or if the guardianship was still necessary.

The Maricopa County Superior Court wants to ensure that every adult person under a guardianship/conservatorship receives good care.  That's where you may be able to help.  The court needs concerned volunteers who can assist by monitoring active guardianship cases.

We invite you to consider serving as a Court Visitor. If you are interested in becoming a Court Visitor, please fill out the application.

Please feel free to call (602) 506-8200 or email us at


Probate and Mental Health Presiding Judge
Jay Polk

Keith B. Kaplan
Probate and Mental Health Administrator
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