Tribunal de protection de l'adulte et de l'enfant
Probate Registry (Justice of the peace)
Tribunal de protection de l’adulte et de l’enfant
Case postale 3950
1211 Genève 3
Greffe des successions (Justice de paix)
Case postale 3950
1211 Genève 3
Presidency and directorate
Mr. Pierre-Alain CHATELAN
Mrs. Séverine MULLER
The court has jurisdiction in matters of child protection, adult protection and estate management. It follows the evolution of the situation of the person(s) concerned, appoints a court agent if necessary and intervenes to adapt the judicial action to their needs. It is also competent in the delivery of certain administrative documents.
The role of the court is to look after the interests, well-being, safety and proper development of children (0 to 18 years) by:
- Setting parental rights (parental responsibility, custody, visitation rights and alimony)
- Taking protective measures when necessary (instructions to parents, educational assistance, etc.)
- Supervising deputies and guardians
It is also competent to issue attestations of parental responsibility.
The role of the court is to ensure the interests, well-being, safety and proper management of the administrative and financial affairs of vulnerable adults by:
- Validating a person's own arrangements for care (advance care directive, patient decree)
- Ruling on the statutory right to act as a representative entrusted by law to a close relative (spouse, registered partner, person living in the same household, descendants, father and mother, brothers and sisters)
- Issuing protective measures when necessary (deputyships, care-related hospitalisation)
- Supervising deputies
It is also competent to deliver the capacity to act certificates.
The role of the court is to ensure that the distribution of the estate is carried out according to the wishes of the deceased in his/her will or according to the law, by:
- Registering declarations of acceptance or renunciation of inheritance
- Drawing up inventories that assess the value of the estate
- Supervising the executor and other estate administrators
It is also competent to issue information regarding the identity of the heirs of a given succession.
The court is competent to issue the following administrative documents:
- Certificates of civil capacity
- Attestations of parental responsibility
- Information regarding the identity of heirs
- A certificate attesting the statutory right to act of the adult’s legal representative
- Deliveries of documents, such as certified copies, certificates of entry into force or certificates of enforceability
- Requests for access to an archived file
The Tribunal de protection de l'adulte et de l'enfant does not provide legal advice.
A collegial and multidisciplinary jurisdiction
The court is composed of 9 tenured judges and an equal number of deputy judges.
In matters of adult and child protection, the judges are assisted by assessors who are psychiatrists, psychologist, and social and health specialists providing technical insight to the tenured or deputy judges. In principle, three judges sit on the panel: the judge and two assessors from different professional groups.
In matters of succession, the tenured judge sits as a single judge.
The court is composed of collaborators (clerks, jurists, supervisors, auditors, and support staff) who ensure the administrative and legal follow-up of the applications. They work in close collaboration with the judges.
The activity of the court is described each year in the activity report of the Judiciary Power.
Below you can find the forms and information you need to proceed with the court.