Become a CASA

The first step on your journey to becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate is to
download our application

Download this ODFJS Central Registry Request You need to fill out this form to request ODFJS to check your name against "Central Registry", a database that looks for any referrals or complaints about child abuse and neglect. Once you receive these results, please give them to the CASA office. You cannot be Sworn In as a CASA volunteer until these results are obtained. Because this process can take 6 weeks to process, please fill out this form ASAP.

GAL Annual Compliance Statement

Make sure you have turned in your compliance statement for this year. The Annual Compliance form is made available to you on our website for your convenience. Please click on the link and start filling out the PDF to register your annual compliance Annual Compliance Form

Become a GAL

To become a Guardian ad litem for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, attorneys must attend New Guardian ad Litem Training (pre-service training), which the Guardian ad Litem Project offers. New GAL Training will be announced shortly. We hold this training cooperatively with the Cuyahoga County Domestic Relations Court.

Once an attorney completes New Guardian ad Litem Training, the attorney must submit an
Guardian ad Litem Application to the Guardian ad Litem Project.

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Conduct Board Files Disciplinary Reports and Recommendations

Court News Ohio - Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:32am
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced the filing of 16 disciplinary case reports with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Victims of Attorney Theft Awarded Money from Lawyers' Fund

Court News Ohio - Mon, 12/10/2018 - 2:41pm
The Board of Commissioners of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection has awarded $240,000 to 16 victims of attorney theft.

New Legislators Gain Insights on Justices’ Role in Interpreting Laws

Court News Ohio - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 9:29am
Before Ohio’s newest legislators officially begin their terms at the Statehouse next month, they were welcomed to their new roles by a member of Ohio’s top tier in the judiciary: the Supreme Court.

New Series of Courthouse Videos to Premiere

Court News Ohio - Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:58am
The newest set of mini documentaries about Ohio’s 88 county courthouses begins airing Dec. 3. The series began five years ago to showcase the courthouses across the Buckeye state.

International Lawyers Study at ONU, Learn at Supreme Court to Help Reform Homelands

Court News Ohio - Wed, 11/28/2018 - 11:05am
Even after law school and the bar exam, an attorney never stops learning about the law. Twelve lawyers from Africa, Europe, and South America are taking their education to another level in Ohio.

Mission Accomplished: Six-Year Renovation of County Courthouse Complete

Court News Ohio - Wed, 11/21/2018 - 2:14pm
After six years of time and $16 million in renovations, the Logan County Courthouse is back open for business.

Bar Admission Caps Years-Long Journeys for Almost 600 New Attorneys

Court News Ohio - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 3:31pm
Nearly 600 attorneys took their oaths and received their certificates to practice law before all seven justices at the Ohio Supreme Court’s annual fall bar admission ceremony at the Palace Theatre in Columbus.

All Corners of U.S. Represented at Domestic Violence Familiarity Training

Court News Ohio - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:58am
Representatives from Guam all the way to Puerto Rico traveled to the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center to talk about the numerous elements of domestic violence that surface and how they can enhance the process in their court systems, especially for victims.

New Lawyers Will Be Sworn In on Tuesday

Court News Ohio - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 11:30am
Nearly 600 new lawyers will walk across the stage Nov. 13 to receive their law certificates and be admitted to practice law in Ohio during two special Supreme Court sessions at the Palace Theatre in Columbus.

Fallout

Court News Ohio - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:36am
The repeated return of individuals into the criminal justice system has pressed Ohio courts to learn about trauma and its role in some actions that lead to legal trouble. By grasping how trauma disrupts lives, courts diminish conflicts during proceedings, curtail recidivism, and improve outcomes for the individuals and for the judicial system.

Judges Donnelly, Stewart Win Seats on Ohio Supreme Court

Court News Ohio - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 12:36pm
In a high-profile election year for state and federal races, Ohio’s judicial elections stood out for the change created with this week’s results: two newly elected Supreme Court justices, 14 defeated incumbents, and 49 attorneys who won their first judicial seats.

Justice French, Federal Appeals Judge Discuss Value of State Constitutions and Courts

Court News Ohio - Tue, 11/06/2018 - 12:01pm
A former state solicitor and current federal appeals judge has made it a career mission to raise awareness about the importance of state entities when handling or ruling on local issues. It’s a position shared by his one-time colleague: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French.

First Female Ohio Supreme Court Justice Featured on Columbus Mural

Court News Ohio - Mon, 11/05/2018 - 3:06pm
Positioned on a busy corner in downtown Columbus stands a mural dedicated to historic Ohio leaders who dedicated their lives to advancing social change.

Professional Conduct Board Certifies Nine Cases

Court News Ohio - Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:55am
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has announced the certification of nine new cases for formal disciplinary proceedings.

Ashtabula County Drug Court Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Court News Ohio - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 12:09pm
Graduates who have successfully battled their addiction to drugs recently gathered to celebrate Ashtabula County Drug Court’s 10th anniversary.

Training Materials for Reporting Elder Abuse Available to Attorneys

Court News Ohio - Thu, 11/01/2018 - 10:54am
Ohio attorneys now have access to a resource for understanding, identifying, and reporting elder abuse.

Volunteer Guides Honored for Service at Annual Luncheon

Court News Ohio - Wed, 10/31/2018 - 10:17am
The Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center welcomes more than 12,000 visitors each year. It’s a feat that wouldn’t be possible without 17 people who devote their time and knowledge about the building and the state’s judicial history: volunteer tour guides.

Board of Professional Conduct Announces November Hearings

Court News Ohio - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:36pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced November disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Pro Bono Program Gets Drivers Legally Back on Road

Court News Ohio - Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:02pm
More than 200 people lined up inside Franklin County Municipal Court looking for a way to be lawfully behind the wheel after lengthy, sometimes years-long, entanglements.

Ohio Voters to Consider More than 160 Judicial Seats in November Election

Court News Ohio - Fri, 10/26/2018 - 11:44am
November’s general election in Ohio includes 164 judicial seats at the state, appellate, common pleas, and county court levels and nearly 240 candidates vying for those seats. Included are two openings on the Ohio Supreme Court.

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