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GAL Board

Purpose:  Administer a statewide, independent Guardian ad Litem Program to advocate for the best interests of children, minor parents and incompetent adults in Juvenile and Family Court.


Hon. Paul Nelson, Chair, Term Ends:  January 2, 2017

John Day, Term Ends:  January 4, 2016

J. Lindsay Flint, Term Ends:  January 4, 2016

Sherry Haley, Term Ends:  January 5, 2015

Hon. Leslie Metzen, Term Ends:  January 1, 2018

Mark Toogood, Term Ends:  January 5, 2015

Wright Walling, Term Ends:  January 2, 2017

Mandated Duties of the Board:

•Approve and recommend to the legislature a budget for the board and program.

•Establish procedures for distribution of funding.

•Establish standards, administrative policies, procedures, and rules that affect a GAL's work.

•Appoint a Program Administrator.

Permissive Duties of the Board:

•Adopt standards, policies, or procedures necessary to ensure quality advocacy for best interests of children.

•Propose statutory changes to legislature and rule changes to the Supreme Court.

•Appoint an Advisory Committee.

Opportunity for Open Forum

The first 15 minutes of each Board meeting is open for members of the public to meet with the Board.  If you are interested in meeting with the Board during the open forum portion of a Board meeting, please contact Suzanne Alliegro at 651-215-9467.