June 2014 Board Statement Regarding Training
The Board met on June 20, 2014 to discuss whether there is a need for the Guardian ad Litem Board to conduct a training so that more people can become certified Guardians ad Litem. Earlier in the month the Board had asked the Judicial Branch to conduct a survey of judges and masters who preside over domestic relations matters to determine whether they currently experience any difficulty in finding certified guardians ad litem to appoint when necessary.According to the results of the survey conducted by the Judicial Branch, there does not appear to be a need for additional Guardians ad Litem. This is due to the fact that the Legislature eliminated the State-funded cases, meaning that GALs are being appointed by the courts only in private-pay cases, thus dramatically decreasing the demand for GAL appointments.
The Board determined that in the absence of a demand from the Judicial Branch for additional Guardians ad Litem there is no reason to expend the significant resources necessary to conduct a thorough and comprehensive training program at this time. The Board is committed to continue to monitor the current availability of certified GALs and the needs of the Judicial Branch in order to determine when additional training sessions are required.
In order to be certified by the Board as a guardian ad litem in the State of New Hampshire, application for certification requires completion of the Gal Board sponsored training (the General/Overview Training noted above and at least one Matter Specific Training). Following completion of the training, a Guardian ad litem may apply for Board certification (the application for certification must be filed within three (3) years of taking the training). However, there are other requirements that must be met in order for a Gal to be 'board certified'.
Participants should understand what this criteria is prior to completing the Gal Board sponsored training. Please review the requirements found in the 300 section of the rules.
The training requirements apply to all persons seeking certification as a Guardian ad Litem, regardless of profession, or years in guardian ad litem practice. For other requirements of initial certification, see Part Gal 303 of the Board's rules and the Board's Application Materials web page.
The foregoing information relating to training is simply intended as a synopsis of the Board’s initial training requirements. It is not a verbatim recitation of all applicable rules and statutes. Those interested or involved in such training should consult the specific laws or rules at issue.
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