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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July Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 9:28am
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced July disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Court Asks for Public Comment on Reducing CLE Requirement Time

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 12:09pm
The Ohio Supreme Court will ask for public comment until Aug. 1 on proposed amendments to the continuing legal education rules and regulations, which include reducing Continuing Legal Education (CLE) minimum program time from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.

Practice and Procedure Rule Amendments Take Effect

Mon, 07/02/2018 - 9:27am
A series of rule changes regarding practice and procedure in Ohio’s courts took effect July 1.

University of Dayton Statehouse Civic Scholars Perform Internships at High Court

Wed, 06/27/2018 - 10:36am
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor recently met with a dozen University of Dayton Scholars who are serving as interns in state government.

Ohio Drug Courts Learn Best Practices

Mon, 06/25/2018 - 11:48am
Drug court prosecutor Carrie Charles is in the bull's-eye of the opioid crisis in Ross County.

Ohio Supreme Court Releases New Annual Report

Wed, 06/20/2018 - 2:52pm
Noteworthy decisions from the bench and civic education accomplishments took center stage last year at the Ohio Supreme Court, according to the Court’s newly released annual report.

Victims of Attorney Theft Awarded Money from Lawyers' Fund

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 1:54pm
The Board of Commissioners of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection has awarded $141,440 to 22 victims of attorney theft at its most recent meeting.

Board of Professional Conduct Issues Advisory Opinions on Out-of-State Lawyers and Civil Settlements

Tue, 06/19/2018 - 10:41am
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued two advisory opinions. The first concerns out-of-state lawyers engaging in temporary transactional legal services in Ohio, and another concerns civil settlements.

Nominations Solicited for Statewide Pro Bono Award; Due July 20

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 1:24pm
The Ohio State Bar Association presents the John and Ginny Pro Elam Bono Award at its annual meeting each year.

Pro Bono Hours Reported Increases in Ohio

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:39am
The number of pro bono hours provided by attorneys to low-income Ohioans has gone up.

Board of Professional Conduct Files Disciplinary Case Reports and Recommendations

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 2:12pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced that it has filed 12 disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Court Announces Update to Court Technology Rule

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:51am
The Ohio Supreme Court today announced changes to avoid delays in the implementation of local court technology rules.

Supreme Court Seeks Public Comment on Assignment of Appellate Court Cases

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 11:32am
The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until July 5 on a proposed rule that would require appellate court cases to be randomly assigned to judges of that court.

Ohio Courts Learn About Civil Justice Initiative

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:36am
Ohioans deserve a civil legal process that can fairly and promptly resolve disputes, yet with runaway costs and delays, our civil justice system often fails to meet this standard.

June Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 11:01am
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced June disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Spring Tour Surge

Fri, 05/25/2018 - 12:49pm
Spring is here, and the floodgates have opened for student tours at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

President Harding’s Art Donation Finds Its Home

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 9:35am
After months of planning, preparation, and design, a piece of treasured art donated by the family of President Warren G. Harding has a home at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center.

Court Revises CLE Requirements and Orientation for Magistrates

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 2:50pm
The Ohio Supreme Court announced today that amendments have been adopted requiring new magistrates to complete an orientation program within a 12-month-period and making changes to Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements for magistrates.

Public Comment Requested for Government Conflict Resolution Services Guidelines

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 2:40pm
The Ohio Supreme Court is requesting public comment on a proposal that would outline the duties of the Government Conflict Resolution Services (GCRS) Program.

Common Good: Ohio Courts Address Defendants’ Mental Illness

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 10:19am
Dozens of Ohio courts have set up special sessions to assist people suffering from mental illness who end up in the criminal justice system. It’s a collaborative effort in which courts join forces with treatment providers, law enforcement, and others to connect people with much-needed services such as medication, counseling, housing, and transportation.

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