Commencing January 1, 2008, an attorney to be appointed by the courts as a guardian ad litem for a juvenile in a proceeding brought under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-247(3)(a) of the Nebraska Juvenile Code shall have completed six (6) hours of specialized training provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division (see Appendix A). Thereafter, in order to maintain eligibility to be appointed and to serve as a guardian ad litem, an attorney shall complete three (3) hours of specialized training per year as provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division. Courts shall appoint attorneys trained under this rule in all § 43-247(3)(a) cases when available; provided, however, that if the judge determines that an attorney with the training required herein is unavailable within the county, he or she may appoint an attorney without such training and the attorney must agree to complete the six-hour on-line training within thirty (30) days of the appointment.
Adopted June 28, 2006; amended April 11, 2007, effective January 1, 2008. Renumbered and codified as § 4-401, effective July 18, 2008. § 4-401 amended June 17, 2014.
The Nebraska Supreme Court, through the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division, shall develop the curriculum for the initial guardian ad litem education and provide specialized on-line training for guardians ad litem at s nominal cost. The Administrative Office of the Courts may approve the rendition of an in-the-classroom version of the initial six-hour curriculum it has developed in the event an outside vendor applies to the Administrative Office of the Courts to teach such a version of the curriculum.
The Supreme Court's Attorney Services Division shall maintain a list of attorneys who are current in their required guardian ad litem training and shall make such list available to all judges with juvenile court jurisdiction.
In addition to offering the initial six-hour course, the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division shall determine the course work required of the attorney subsequent to the completion of the initial course. Courses may be made available to satisfy the annual three-hour requirement through the Judicial Branch Education Division, offered at a nominal fee and hosted on its Web site. In addition, the Attorney Services Division may approve courses for the annual three-hour requirement that are offered by outside vendors if the courses meet the curriculum requirements and standards created by the Administrative Office of the Courts.
Specialized training sessions shall provide training, information, and education regarding the role, duties, and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem, which shall include, but not be limited to, the following areas:
Appendix A amended June 17, 2014.