Guardian Ad Litem Information

Guardian ad litem (GAL) literally means "guardian for the suit." A guardian ad litem in Virginia is an attorney appointed by a judge to assist the court in determining the circumstances of a matter before the court.

For complete information about GALs in Virginia, please see the Virginia Supreme Court's website.

For questions about GALs in Virginia, please contact the Office of the Executive Secretary at 804-786-9543.


New Online Qualifying Courses

Starting in January 2020, the qualifying courses for becoming a guardian ad litem (for both Children and Incapacitated Persons) are now available to be completed online on-demand.

These are the training courses you MUST take to qualify as a GAL for Children or as a GAL for Incapacitated Persons in Virginia.

Representation of Children as a Guardian Ad Litem — Qualifying Course

Representation of Incapacitated Persons as a Guardian Ad Litem — Qualifying Course

New program is scheduled to be available for purchase in late January 2022-please notify me when available.

Upcoming and On-Demand GAL CE Credit Courses

For an up-to-date listing of Guardian Ad Litem CE Credit seminars, please click on the appropriate link below.

Click here for a listing of GAL for Children CE Credit seminars Click here for a listing of GAL for Incapacitated Persons CE Credit seminars