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SB-578 Conservatorship proceedings.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 02/18/2021 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 578


Introduced by Senator Jones

February 18, 2021


An act to add Section 5365.5 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, relating to mental health.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 578, as introduced, Jones. Conservatorship proceedings.
Existing law authorizes a conservator of the person, of the estate, or of the person and the estate to be appointed for a person who is gravely disabled as a result of a mental health disorder or impairment by chronic alcoholism, and designates procedures for hearing a petition for that purpose. Existing law requires a hearing under these conservatorship provisions to be held within 30 days of the date of the petition.
This bill would require a hearing held under those provisions to be held in closed court unless specifically requested by a party to the petition.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 5365.5 is added to the Welfare and Institutions Code, to read:

5365.5.
 (a) Notwithstanding any other law concerning public hearings and records, and subject to subdivision (b), a hearing held under this chapter shall be held in closed court without admittance of any person other than those necessary to the action or proceeding.
(b) A hearing held under this chapter shall be public if specifically requested by a party to the petition.