A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an objective and independent professional, usually a lawyer, appointed by the court to participate in court proceedings on behalf of a minor party or an incompetent (someone unable or unqualified to do something).

The Uniform Practice and Procedure Regarding the Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem sets forth the categories, descriptions, qualifications, continuing education requirements and application process for the appointment of guardians ad litem in the Juvenile Court.

The Juvenile Court Administrative Office reviews all applications, determines eligibility for appointment and maintains lists of those eligible for appointment in all categories for all divisions of the Juvenile Court.

Please see below for the  Application for Appointment as Guardian Ad Litem, Uniform Practice and Procedure Regarding the Appointment of Guardians Ad Litem and the Consent to a Criminal Offender Record Information Check.