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Litigation guardians to represent young people in court named

A panel of five independent litigation guardians has been named to represent young people in the island’s courts.

The group comprises Catherine Sousa, Sharon Apopa, Lyndon Jackson, Lashonna Smith and Susan Adhemar, according to the Official Gazette.

Their appointment was announced on Friday by the Ministry of Social Development and Seniors.

In February, more than 65 applicants went through training to become guardians – although not everyone took part with the intent of taking on the job.

Of those who took part, some were giving representation from the judiciary, the Department of Child and Family Services, social workers and lawyers.

The court advocates are appointed to support and guide young people through the court system.