Upon receiving the written acknowledgment of receipt of application, you will receive some leaflets. These are available online as well.
Read the information to prepare yourself for the hearing.
For information about the Board's facilities – particularly for people with mobility or hearing difficulties, and speakers of languages other than Cantonese or English, please contact the Board Secretariat.
At the Guardianship Board, we attempt to build into the actual hearing a relaxed and informal atmosphere as far as possible. We realize that coming to a hearing at a statutory board can be daunting to the parties including the applicant, the concerned person's family and friends as they generally do not get in touch with judicial systems in their daily living.
For this reason, we have prepared information for you to read before coming to the hearing such as information about what will happen next, who to go to for further assistance after the hearing.
Depending on complexities, a hearing normally lasts for 20 minutes to 45 minutes. Three Board members hear a case. They consider the relevant written evidence and take evidence from those attending the hearing. The Board always invites the person the application is about and the applicant to attend. The Board may also allow some witnesses to give evidence over the telephone. After considering the evidence as a whole, the Board will make decision if a guardian is required and if so, who it will be and what powers the guardian will have. The Board may otherwise dismiss an application.
If private guardians are appointed, they are authorized to make decision with the powers they have been given in the order. They may wish to read the leaflet "Guide for Private Guardian" prepared by the Social Welfare Department or they may read an "Abbreviated Guide for Private Guardian" online prepared by us for more information about their role and functions.
If the Director of Social Welfare is appointed, then a public officer on behalf of the Director of Social Welfare will begin to make decisions with the powers given to the Director of Social Welfare in the order.
The Board gives written order and reasons for order for every hearing it conducts. These are sent out to the parties within 7 days after the hearing.
The Board will send to the parties a copy of the order, the written reasons for order, and some information leaflets, and (where appropriate) forms of accounts of expenses for future use.
You will have the following options available to you if you are A PARTY to the guardianship application: