Becoming a Maine Rostered Guardian Ad Litem (GAL)
In order to qualify for the Maine Judicial Branch (MJB) GAL Roster, you must be either:
- A licensed Maine attorney, or
- Have a current valid license to practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clincial Professional Counselor (LCPC), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT), Licensed Pastoral Counselor (LPaC), psychologist or psychiatrist in the State of Maine.
Attorneys licensed in Maine qualify for placement on the GAL Roster for both Title 19-A family law and Title 22 child protection cases. Other professionals listed in item 2 above only qualify for placement on the GAL Roster for Title 19-A family law cases. Mental health professionals are required to attend the first three days of the core training. Attorneys have the option of attending three days to qualify for family law cases, or four days to qualify for family law and child protection cases.
The Chief Judge will accept applications and will review them periodically, based on the operational needs of the Maine Judicial Branch. At this time, a training has not yet been scheduled.
For placement on the Maine GAL Roster, qualified applicants must:
- Complete and file a signed Maine GAL Roster Application:
- Be invited by the Chief Judge of the Maine District Court to attend GAL Core Training;
- Demonstrate to the Chief Judge of the Maine District Court they are of good character and fitness; and
- Attend and successfully complete the GAL Core Training.
If you have other questions, please feel free to contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at: (207) 213-2865, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.