A Juvenile Court judge is required to appoint a court investigator to "investigate the conditions affecting the child and make a report to the court under oath" in a care and protection proceeding. See G.L. c. 119, § 24. The investigator's report, which is limited to factual information collected from identified sources such as the parents, child, other family members, etc., as a result of the investigation, is an important source of information for a Juvenile Court judge when undertaking the challenging task of deciding the outcome of a care and protection proceeding.
Please see below for information on how to apply to be eligible to receive appointments as a court investigator in the Juvenile Court, continuing legal education training for current court investigators, guidelines for court investigators and the Uniform Practice and Procedure for the Appointment of Court Investigators.