Ohio Guardian ad Litem Education Program

The following GAL courses have been canceled:

GAL Pre-service Courses:
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Thursday, May 21, 2020

Continuing Education Series:
Ethics and Professionalism for GALs, Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Divorce - The Impact on Children, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Parenting Plans in Domestic Violence Cases, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
The Trauma-Informed GAL, Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Report Writing, Wednesday, June 24 and Thursday, Dec. 17


Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio (Sup.R. 48) governs guardian ad litem standards in Ohio.

Although some courts have local rules, this rule 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 guardians ad litem in meeting the requirements of this rule, regional and online education 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.

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