Title 11 GAL Requirements

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 11.88.090 details the role, requirements, duties of a Title 11 Guardian ad Litem (GAL). Snohomish County’s GAL Committee considers the following as stated in the RCWs, when reviewing applications:
  • Level of formal education
  • Training related to the GAL's duties
  • Relevant experience
  • Number of appointments as a GAL and the county or counties of appointment (if applicable)
  • Criminal history, as defined in RCW 9.94A.030
  • Completion of Title 11 GAL training (King County Bar Association)
Evidence of the person's knowledge, training, and experience in each of the following: Needs of impaired elderly people, physical disabilities, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and other areas relevant to the needs of incapacitated persons, legal procedure, and the requirements of Chapters 11.88 and 11.92 RCW.

Registry Removal
The written statement of qualifications shall include the names of any counties in which the person was removed from a GAL registry pursuant to a grievance action, and the name of the court and the cause number of any case in which the court has removed the person for cause.

Per the RCW, Superior Court shall remove any person from the GAL registry who misrepresents his or her qualifications pursuant to a grievance procedure established by the court.

How to Apply
The background and qualification information shall be updated annually. Completion of the Title 11 training is required annually. Apply to become a Title 11 GAL.