22.331.13 97th Legislative Session 394

2022 South Dakota Legislature

House Bill 1110

ENROLLED

An Act

ENTITLED An Act to revise a provision related to the appointment of a guardian ad litem or a special advocate to represent an abused or neglected child.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That § 26-8A-20 be AMENDED:

26-8A-20. If a child is an apparent or alleged abused or neglected child, the court may appoint a special advocate to represent the best interests of the child and to assist the child's attorney. If a child has been adjudicated an abused or neglected child and is removed from the child's home with the child's parents, guardian, or custodian, the court shall appoint a special advocate if available, and may appoint a guardian ad litem when determined necessary by the court, to represent the best interests of the child and to assist the child's attorney. The guardian ad litem or special advocate is an officer of the court for the purpose of representing the child's best interests. The guardian ad litem or special advocate shall receive all reports concerning the child and may cause the case to be reviewed by the court pursuant to § 26-8A-24.

An Act to revise a provision related to the appointment of a guardian ad litem or a special advocate to represent an abused or neglected child.

I certify that the attached Act originated in the:

House as Bill No. 1110

Chief Clerk

Speaker of the House

Attest:

Chief Clerk

President of the Senate

Attest:

Secretary of the Senate

House Bill No. 1110

File No. ____

Chapter No. ______

Received at this Executive Office

this _____ day of _____________,

2022 at ____________M.

By

for the Governor

The attached Act is hereby

approved this ________ day of

______________, A.D., 2022

Governor

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,

ss.

Office of the Secretary of State

Filed ____________, 2022

at _________ o'clock __M.

Secretary of State

By

Asst. Secretary of State