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 Certifies 16 New Cases

Wed, 01/02/2019 - 12:30pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has announced the certification of 16 new cases for formal disciplinary proceedings.

Courthouse Employee Spreads Holiday Cheer 7,000 Light Bulbs at a Time

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 3:56pm
For some, the season’s greetings arrive months before the holiday season. Hardin County Courthouse maintenance supervisor Richard Lawson is one of them. His starts before Halloween.

Board of Professional Conduct Elects Leadership for 2019

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 1:37pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced the election of Judge John W. Wise as chairman and attorney Patricia A. Wise as vice-chair.

115 Years after First Flight: How Legal Battles Shaped Wrights’ Legacy

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 11:16am
Two brothers from Ohio forever changed the history of humanity’s heights when they were the first to fly an airplane more than a century ago.

Conduct Board Files Disciplinary Reports and Recommendations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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