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LGALR 10
CONTINUING REQUIREMENTS FOR TITLE 26 AND TITLE 11 RCW GUARDIANS AD LITEM [Updated Rule, January 1, 2021]

    (a) Guardians Ad Litem for Minors in custody actions under Title 26 and Title 11
     (1) Continuing Training. The court may periodically sponsor or approve training programs that guardians ad litem (GALs) for minors are required to attend to maintain and improve their level of proficiency. Local continuing training may be offered periodically and the curricula may include: instruction using examples of reports, pleadings, and fee agreements; billing procedure and format information; court procedures; information on local resources; and other topics from the state curriculum.
     (2) Annual Update. Any person who is currently listed on the Minor GAL Registry and who desires to remain on the registry shall provide an annual update by February 28 of each year by completing the annual update form and the criminal background check authorization, as well as providing an updated resume or curriculum vitae. The annual update form and updated resume or curriculum vitae shall be available for public inspection.

     (b) Guardians Ad Litem for Adults and Conservatorship Actions
     (1) Continuing Requirements. By February 28 in even numbered years, GALs shall provide an update to the court on a form provided by the court. The update shall include:
          (A) current resume;
          (B) signed criminal background check authorization;
          (C) proof of attendance at eight hours of continuing education related to guardianship work during the past two calendar years; and
          (D) disclosure of any complaints related to the GAL's work during the past two calendar years in any jurisdiction.
     (2) Failure to Fulfill Continuing Requirements. A GAL may be dropped from the registry for failure to meet the continuing requirements above.

     (c) Leave from the Registry. A GAL on a registry shall notify the court of periods in which he or she is unavailable to accept appointments.

[Adopted effective September 1, 2007; amended effective September 1, 2010; September 1, 2017. Amended as emergency rule January 1, 2021.]