Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program


Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio (Sup.R. 48) governs guardians ad litem in Ohio. New GALs shall complete 12 hours of education provided by the Supreme Court, Ohio CASA, or with the court’s approval, another provider. If you opt to get your education from the Supreme Court, you should begin with a six hour GAL Pre-Service course, which will be offered by webinar throughout 2021. You may select from any of our online or live webinar GAL courses to obtain the remaining six hours. Those who are currently serving as a guardian ad litem on Jan. 1, 2021 are not required to take the 12 hours pre-service. To satisfy your continuing education requirement through the Judicial College, you shall complete six hours of continuing education each year: 3 hours via live webinar, the remaining 3 hours via live webinar or online. Contact your appointing court for inquiries regarding application and compliance requirements.

The requirements that GALs be physically present for courses are waived for 2021. GALs may satisfy these requirements by remotely participating in courses. View the Supreme Court Order.

IMPORTANT: While the Judicial College sponsors and delivers guardian ad litem education, local courts determine compliance under Rule 48. Please contact the court(s) in which you serve to inquire about local practices as well as interpretation or application of Rule 48.

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