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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Ohio Disciplinary Professionals Discuss #MeToo Movement and Its Impact

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 11:19am
As the #MeToo movement maintains its impact across the nation, the legal experts continue to weigh in on its effect on the profession.

Ohio Bar Exam Results Announced

Fri, 10/26/2018 - 7:02am
The Ohio Supreme Court released results today from the July 2018 Ohio Bar Examination.

Court Modifies Rule on Attorney Resignation, Retirement

Wed, 10/24/2018 - 1:00pm
The Ohio Supreme Court adopted one amendment to the Rules for the Government of the Bar involving attorney resignation and permanent retirement.

Ohio Bailiffs Train on How to Handle Drug Overdoses

Tue, 10/23/2018 - 1:43pm
Here’s a scene that says a lot about Ohio’s opioid crisis: bailiffs being trained to use naloxone.

Court Asks For Public Comment on Rules Videotaping Jurors

Mon, 10/22/2018 - 3:18pm
The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until Nov. 21 on a proposed amendment that would generally prohibit filming and videotaping jurors or prospective jurors.

Justice Fischer Preaches Professionalism, Mentorship at Student to Lawyer Symposium

Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:25am
Supreme Court Justice Patrick Fischer was once just a face in the crowd, listening to what his peers and predecessors had to say. Now, after years of standing out in the private then public sector, others absorbed his words of wisdom at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Student to Lawyer Symposium in Columbus.

Supreme Court Accepting Grant Applications for Tech Initiatives

Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:34am
The Ohio Supreme Court is offering a new round of funding to courts for technology projects designed to remove barriers to the efficient and effective administration of justice.

Human Trafficking Survivor, Treatment Court Graduates Discuss Dark Details of Addiction

Wed, 10/17/2018 - 4:16pm
People with different backgrounds from different parts of the state who are bound by their criminal struggles with substance addiction came together to share their battles and triumphs during the 14th annual Ohio Supreme Court Specialized Dockets Conference.

Ohio Board of Professional Conduct Issues Advisory on Advertising Law Degrees

Fri, 10/12/2018 - 1:50pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has issued an advisory opinion concerning the advertisement by lawyers of their juris doctor degrees and other earned academic degrees and professional licenses.

Board of Professional Conduct Files Disciplinary Case Reports and Recommendations

Thu, 10/11/2018 - 1:27pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct today announced it has filed 10 disciplinary case reports with the Ohio Supreme Court.

Drug and Veterans Court Graduates Will Be Featured at Supreme Court Conference

Wed, 10/10/2018 - 3:42pm
Four specialized court graduates will tell their recovery stories at the Ohio Supreme Court’s Specialized Dockets Conference at Ohio State University on Oct. 11 and 12.

Court Asks for Public Comment on Proposed Amendment to Shorten Extensions of Time

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 2:13pm
The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until Nov. 7, 2018 on a proposed amendment that will shorten the amount of time by which parties may agree to extend the time for filing certain documents.

Probate Court Provides Guardians Support and Resources with “Coffee and Conversation”

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 1:48pm
When people hear about guardianship, most are only familiar with an adult taking care of a juvenile or, in fewer cases, an adult legally responsible for an elder.

Board of Professional Conduct Announces October Hearings

Tue, 10/02/2018 - 3:33pm
The Ohio Board of Professional Conduct has set its hearing schedule for October. All hearings take place before a three-member panel of the board and are open to the public.

Partners in Justice

Mon, 10/01/2018 - 9:20am
Magistrates accept pleas, handle hearings, conduct jury trials, and author decisions in courts throughout the state. Working with the judges who assign them to perform these duties, Ohio’s magistrates have become integral to the operation of the state’s justice system.

Chief Justice Praises Peers at Magistrates Conference, Presents Perils of Issue 1

Fri, 09/28/2018 - 3:22pm
If anyone can appreciate the unique role magistrates play in the Ohio judicial system, it’s former probate court magistrate and current Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice, Maureen O’Connor.

Teens Raising Livestock, Maturing Under Guidance of Juvenile Court

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 3:10pm
Just like most rural parts of Ohio, Clinton County can offer the comforts and conveniences of home. But sometimes, those comforts are disrupted. For at-risk children and teens, the concern is when one problem multiplies into long-term struggles.

Chief Justice Says Proposed Issue 1 Amendment ‘Disturbing,’ Calls on Judges to ‘Save Lives’ in State of the Judiciary

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 2:08pm
The Ohio Judicial Conference’s annual meeting is a time when judges can reflect on the state of Ohio’s courts. But before they can look ahead to what needs done, it helps to acknowledge what’s been done and those who’ve done it.

Grants Available for Schools to Visit Supreme Court

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 12:31pm
The application period has opened for school officials to apply for grants to help defray the transportation costs for student field trips to the Ohio Supreme Court and its Visitor Education Center.

Chief Justice to Receive Award for Judicial Excellence

Thu, 09/13/2018 - 9:16am
Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will be honored today as this year’s recipient of the Thomas J. Moyer Award for Judicial Excellence.

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