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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Court’s Administrative Director Michael L. Buenger to Become EVP at National Center for State Courts

Fri, 08/31/2018 - 10:55am
Michael L. Buenger, the administrative director and top non-elected officer of the Supreme Court of Ohio, is leaving in September to become Executive Vice President of Operations with the National Center for State Courts (NCSC).

Chief Justice O’Connor Cites ‘Catastrophic’ Effects if State Issue 1 Passes This Fall

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 1:50pm
Too many people in our criminal justice system are there because of substance abuse disorders. This is undeniable. We know that substance abuse disorders are a major driver in criminal justice spending. We also know that through long-term treatment and therapy, those addicted can lead law-abiding, productive lives.

Justices Among Legal Minds Connecting, Learning at Annual OSBA Convention

Thu, 08/30/2018 - 12:53pm
While Supreme Court justices hear dozens of oral arguments each year, there are numerous events and engagements outside their courtroom where they can be heard.

September Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Tue, 08/28/2018 - 2:30pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced September disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Court Seeks Public Comment on Pre-Trial Release in Criminal Cases

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 3:52pm
The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment on amendments for the annual update to the Rules of Practice and Procedure, including those concerning waiver of service and pre-trial release in criminal cases.

Justice Files

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 11:44am
The Ohio Supreme Court has resided in several homes since it first met in 1803, including the Ohio Statehouse and its Judiciary Annex, pictured below and completed in 1901. The justices who’ve walked the Court’s halls each helped to mold the institution’s legal legacy.

Supreme Court Hosts National Conference on Criminal Sentencing Reform

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 1:16pm
Representatives of state sentencing commissions from across the nation gathered for three days in Columbus this week to share ideas and experiences about enhancing justice and ensuring fair sentencing.

Ohio Supreme Court Adopts Uniform Bar Examination

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 3:29pm
Following the unanimous recommendations of a 16-member task force appointed by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to study the Ohio bar exam, the Ohio Supreme Court announced today that it will join with more than 30 states and U.S. territories and begin using the National Conference of Bar Examiner’s Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) beginning in July 2020.

Pakistani Utilities Regulators Take Break from Training to Visit Supreme Court, Statehouse

Tue, 08/14/2018 - 2:47pm
Members of the Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (OGRA) got to see how Ohio's state government operates as guests of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) and National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).

Court Makes Changes on Designation or Election of Administrative Judges

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 2:44pm
The Ohio Supreme Court has adopted changes concerning the designation of an administrative judge in a multi-division municipal court.

Ohio Supreme Court Unveils Specialized Docket Interactive Map

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 11:17am
Specialized docket courts are growing by leaps and bounds in Ohio, and now there’s a resource at the public’s fingertips to access key information about veteran, drug, and mental health courts.

Board of Professional Conduct Issues Advisory Opinions Concerning Magistrate Campaign Activities and Website Names

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 12:35pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today issued two advisory opinions concerning the political and campaign activities of magistrates and the ethical limitations of lawyer and law firm website domain names as a form of advertising.

Some of Music’s Most Famous Lawsuits on Display

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 2:46pm
With so many songs, musical styles, and influences, it’s inevitable that some things will sound the same. The end result could be lawsuits.

Board of Professional Conduct Files Disciplinary Case Reports and Recommendations

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 3:16pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has filed five disciplinary case reports with the Supreme Court of Ohio.

Therapy Dog Provides Comfort to Drug Court Participants

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 2:37pm
Facing a judge can be intimidating. But in Summit County, there’s a new probation officer who provides some hand holding, at least with his paws.

August Disciplinary Hearings Announced

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:51pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced August disciplinary hearings involving attorneys and judges charged with professional misconduct.

Supreme Court Seeks Comments on Rules Updating Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Orders

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 3:19pm
The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comments until Oct. 12 on proposed changes to keep domestic violence, stalking, and juvenile protection orders current and relevant.

Bar Exam Takers Think Hard – and Positively

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:36pm
Ohio’s next potential crop of attorneys traveled to Wilmington for their final feat that, if successful, will allow them to practice law.

Bar None: The Hardest Exam in Any Law Student’s Life

Wed, 07/25/2018 - 10:08am
Law school graduates, both recent and in years past, have taken countless tests over the span of two decades during their academic careers.

Courts Tech-ing It to Next Level

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 12:29pm
As people embrace technology to expand their access to information and streamline many activities, Ohio courts experiment with ways to apply these tools to benefit the public and the justice system.

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