LGALR 5. APPOINTMENTS OF GUARDIAN AD LITEM (a) Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem from Registry. (1) For Title 26 cases only in cases where the parties agree, any GAL from the registry may be appointed. (2) In Title 11 cases or in Title 26 cases where the parties cannot agree, a party needing an appointment from a GAL registry shall request the same from the Registry Administrator. If the requesting party is represented by counsel, the attorney shall then contact the proposed GAL to determine if he/she is available to serve. If the requesting party is pro se, the Registry Administrator shall contact the proposed GAL to determine if he/she is available to serve. The person whose name next appears on the registry on a rotational basis shall be appointed, subject to that person's acceptance of the appointment. (3) The person appointed by the Registry Administrator shall serve upon the parties a notice of appointment. (b) Registry Administration. The court shall maintain a GAL registry and appoint a registry administrator (Judicial Assistant). The registry is limited to RCW Titles 11.88, 13 and 26 GAL's. These requirements and procedures apply to persons whether listed or not listed on the registry who is appointed to serve as a Guardian ad Litem. (1) The Court shall maintain an application form and background information records pertaining to each person. Persons shall reapply and update background information annually on a date specified by the court. 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. (2) Persons shall be selected for appointment at the discretion of the Court giving due consideration to: (a) Having a sufficient number of GAL's available to fulfill the requests for appointment; (b) Achieving and maintaining diversity; and (c) Retaining panels of persons with substantial experience and special knowledge within given fields. In some cases there may be more qualified applicants that will be needed or would benefit the program, so that not all persons applying will be selected. (3) The court may 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 co-sponsored or offered by the state or local bar association under the oversight of the court. (4) The registry may be reconstituted as necessary. The court may allow additional applicants to be added to the registry upon approval of applicant. (5) The court may impose an application processing fee and/or charge a fee for the training programs.
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