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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.


  • Members

    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 7, 2019

    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.