The current Illinois Supreme Court Rule 923 provides for GALs to be appointed at the full case management conference held after the mediation.
Nevertheless, there may be occasions where courts will appoint GALs while mediation is still underway, or mediation may reconvene sometime after the full case management conference has been held and GAL appointed.
15 The Rules mandate education for GALs, including a discussion of the roles of the GAL, and that education should address the issues discussed here as well.
Of course, the Florida Legislature has also been inconsistent by mandating the appointment of GALs while traditionally providing insufficient financial support to the GAL program.
If the goal of increasing the number of GALs is to provide children with someone to look out for their best interests, then GALs must continue to be trained and funded.
2000) (observing that the trial court obtained the parent's permission to interview the children in camera after the trial court decided that under Scaringe the GALs testimony and report contained inadmissible hearsay).
Turnover in the GAL Program was 30 percent for program attorneys and 25 percent for supervising attorneys in FY 2013-14, higher than that of assistant public defenders and assistant state attorneys.
Compared to DCF Children's Legal Services attorneys, GAL program attorney current actual average salaries are 8 percent lower than DCF minimums.
A survey of GAL attorneys showed almost half are seeking other jobs because of salary issues.