Audit: Colorado courts fail to protect wards of state

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Denver (AP) -- An audit found that the Colorado's court system
sometimes fails to ensure that wards of the state are protected
from theft or that their court-appointed guardians and conservators
get background checks. The state audit presented to Colorado lawmakers Monday also found that the courts in some cases do not receive regular reports from guardians and conservators about people in their care. The audit found that in one case a court did not have contact with a guardian for 10 years and in other case a court did not know that a ward had died in 2003. A ward is someone a court deems unable to take care of themselves. Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Bender says he's concerned with the issues raised and fixing the problems is a priority.


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