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
Attorney Information & Statement of Interest Form to the Guardian ad Litem Project.

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Ohio Board of Professional Conduct Issues Advisory Opinion Concerning Representation of Organizations

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:26pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today issued an advisory opinion concerning a lawyer’s responsibilities when representing a client-organization.

Renick Appointed Ohio Court of Claims Clerk

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 4:24pm
Ohio Supreme Court justices have approved the appointment of Anderson M. Renick as the new clerk of the Ohio Court of Claims.

May Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Mon, 04/30/2018 - 12:28pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced May disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Ohio Supreme Court Addresses Child Welfare Safety

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 2:30pm
The Ohio Supreme Court’s Children and Families Section invited judges, prosecutors, child welfare agencies, and experts to a recent forum to try to improve collaboration in child welfare cases.

195 Pass the February Bar Exam

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 7:02am
The Ohio Supreme Court today released the results of the February 2018 Ohio Bar Examination, which was administered in Columbus on Feb. 27-March 1.

Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial & Education Services Division Receives 2018 Jury Award of Excellence

Wed, 04/25/2018 - 2:54pm
The Ohio Supreme Court’s Judicial & Education Services Division was the recipient of the 2018 Award of Excellence from the Ohio Jury Management Association (OJMA).

Ohio Students Try Murder Case in Annual Mock Trial Showcase

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 3:26pm
Dressed in period costumes, nearly 450 Ohio middle school students filled the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center for the annual mock trial showcase.

Making Peace Outside the Courtroom

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 11:55am
The roots of dispute resolution within the Ohio court system run deep. Its creation has allowed big and small cases to be settled peacefully without stepping foot inside a courtroom.

Board of Professional Conduct Files Disciplinary Case Reports and Recommendations

Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:28pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has filed 10 disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Putnam County Students Watch Justices in Action at Off-Site Court

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 10:29am
Hundreds of Putnam County students watched the 75th edition of Ohio Supreme Court oral arguments when the Court’s Off-Site program visited Ottawa.

Ohio Supreme Court Celebrates Library Week

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 4:24pm
The Ohio Supreme Court joins libraries nationwide in celebrating the many ways libraries lead their communities through programs and expertise.

Ohio Judicial Conference Examines Science & the Law

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 10:57am
Vassar College Professor and neuroscientist Abigail Baird told a roomful of Ohio judges how science can explain why teenagers end up in trouble — and in the Ohio court system.

April Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 1:06pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced April disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Public Comment Requested for Proposed Change to Non-Judicial “Candidate” Definition

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 9:33am
The Ohio Supreme Court is requesting public comment on a proposal that would create a definition of “candidate” for non-judicial elective office in Ohio. The proposed change seeks to clarify when a judge seeking a non-judicial office must resign from the bench.

Late CLE Compliance Deadline for A-L Attorneys on April 2

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 1:54pm
Ohio Attorneys who are out of compliance with their continuing legal education (CLE) requirements for the compliance period ending Dec. 31, 2017 must complete their hours by April 2.

Summit Focuses on Protecting Children in Domestic Violence Cases

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 3:30pm
A consortium of state agencies gathered at a local conference aimed at helping end the cycle of domestic abuse for Ohio children.

Victims of Attorney Theft Awarded Money from Lawyers' Fund

Wed, 03/21/2018 - 1:07pm
The Board of Commissioners of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection has awarded $80,354 to 25 victims of attorney theft.

Ohio Supreme Court Heads to Putnam County for Off-Site Court

Tue, 03/20/2018 - 10:59am
The Ohio Supreme Court will travel to Putnam County on April 11 as part of its Off-Site Court Program, where justices hear arguments outside of Columbus to educate Ohio students and the public about the judicial branch of government.

Inaugural Dispute Resolution Conference Debuts in Columbus

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 3:48pm
Four hundred mediators, lawyers, and judges gathered in Columbus this week to participate in the Ohio Supreme Court’s first-ever statewide Dispute Resolution Conference.

Tucked-Away Treasures

Fri, 03/16/2018 - 12:11pm
Three Supreme Court books, each more than a century old, were discovered recently at the Ohio Statehouse. Take a look inside these priceless volumes for a glimpse into a bit of Court history.

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