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    (a) Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem.  Upon representation by the respondent’s counsel that a Guardian ad Litem is needed in a case, the Court may appoint a Guardian ad Litem on behalf of the respondent without requiring the respondent to appear in court.  In the event the petitioner objects to the appointment of a Guardian ad Litem in the respondent’s absence or if respondent’s counsel requests, the Court may require the respondent to appear to allow the Court to conduct an inquiry with the respondent to determine that a Guardian ad Litem should be appointed.
    (b) Discharge of a Guardian ad Litem.  Upon representation by the respondent’s counsel that the Guardian ad Litem has concluded that his or her services are no longer necessary and that respondent’s counsel has been able to communicate with the respondent, the Court may discharge the Guardian ad Litem.

[Adopted effective September 2, 2014; amended effective September 1, 2019.]