LRGAL 2.1 GENERAL POLICY Any individual desiring to serve as a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) in any matter pertaining to Adoptions, Family Law matters, Probates and Trusts, must be listed on the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Registry maintained by the Lewis County Superior Court Administrator. A separate registry shall maintained by the Lewis County Juvenile Court Administrator for Title 13 GALS and Volunteer GALS, the program administered by the Juvenile Court. The Court Administrator shall maintain and administer the GAL registries as provided herein and shall maintain application forms and background information records pertaining to each person applying to be listed on Title 11 and 26 registries. Persons listed on any registries shall reapply and provide additional background information annually by January 31. All application and background information, with the exception of personal identifying information in family law cases and pending complaints shall be available for public inspection. Persons shall be selected to serve on each registry at the discretion of the Court, giving due consideration to: (1) having a sufficient number of GALS available to fulfill the requests of litigants for appointments: (2) achieving and maintaining diversity; and (3) retaining panels of persons with substantial experience and special knowledge with each given field. In the event that more qualified applicants apply than may be needed or would benefit any of the separate programs, all applicants may not be selected for the registry. The Court shall periodically sponsor or approve training programs which registry applicants shall be required to attend to maintain and improve their level of proficiency. Training programs may be cosponsored or offered by the State or County Bar Associations under the oversight of the Court or offered or sponsored by other counties under the oversight of their courts. Each registry may be constituted periodically after an open application period has been publicly announced. The Court may allow additional applicants to be added to any registry periodically. The Court Administrator may impose an application processing fee and may charge a fee for any and all training programs. [Adopted September 1, 2002]
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