Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program

The Supreme Court of Ohio announced on Jan. 22, 2009 the adoption of a new rule, Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio (Sup.R. 48), to govern guardian ad litem standards in Ohio. The rule became effective March 1, 2009.

Although some courts had local rules, this is the first rule that sets statewide standards regarding the appointment, responsibilities, training and reporting requirements of guardians ad litem. Sup. R. 48 applies in all domestic relations and juvenile cases in common pleas courts when the court appoints a guardian ad litem to protect and act in the best interest of a child. The rule requires each court to enter an Order of Appointment, which identifies the capacity in which the guardian ad litem is appointed.

In order to assist attorneys in meeting the requirements of this new rule, regional training is available through the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College. This page contains information about the training opportunities that are available and other information to assist lawyers and interested parties in understanding and complying with Sup.R. 48. Click on the links below for additional information.

Superintendence Rule 48 (Read the entire rule as approved)

Pre-service Course Information and Registration (6 hour course)

Continuing GAL Education Course Information and Registration (3 hour course)

GAL Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (Find quick answers to many commonly asked questions.)

GAL Education for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Planning for Parenting Time: Ohio's Guide for Parents Living Apart

The content of the rule is based on recommendations from two former court groups: the Guardian Ad Litem Standards Task Force appointed by the late Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer, and the Guardian Ad Litem Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Courts. The rule was also approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on the Rules of Superintendence and reflects revisions based on public input received during two public comment periods.

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