Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual for a specific purpose for a specific period of time. Under the direction of the court, a GAL performs an investigation and prepares a report for the court of the GAL's findings and recommendations. To become a GAL, an individual must complete an approved training program, provide background information to the court(s) in which the GAL wishes to serve, and meet all eligibility requirements set by local court rule or policy.

The role of the GAL is to represent the best interest of the child(ren) or alleged incapacitated person by making independent observations of the child(ren) or incapacitated person's situation and make a report to the court.

GAL is different from a Certified Professional Guardian (CPG). A CPG is an individual or agency who serves as the legal guardian of at least three individuals and provides this service as a profession.

2021 Guardian Ad Litem  Registries

The Spokane County Superior Court Guardian Ad Litem Registries are available here for informational purposes only. Please note, when the need arises for the appointment of a GAL in a case involving a subject area for which there is a registry, the Court shall appoint a person from the registry on a rotational basis. In exceptional circumstances where the Court finds a need for specialized skills or training, the Court may appoint a GAL out of rotational order or may appoint a person not listed on the registry. The Court must make written findings supporting such an appointment. 

Resources

Title 11 Guardians Ad Litem Evaluation Form & Registry List