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 Court (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 Court. 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.
Adopted June 28, 2006; amended April 11, 2007, effective January 1, 2008. Renumbered and codified as § 4-401, effective July 18, 2008.
The Nebraska Supreme Court, through the Administrative Office of the Court, shall provide specialized training for guardians ad litem, at no or nominal cost, which shall take place at various intervals throughout the year and at various locations throughout the state. The Administrative Office of the Courtshall be responsible for the development of the specific curriculum for the training of guardians ad litem in the State of Nebraska. The Administrative Office of the Courtshall direct the development ofthe specific curriculum with consultation from qualified experts, groups, or organizations, including but not limited to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the American Bar Association Center on Children and Law, and the Child Welfare League of America with any potential costs of this consultation paid by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project. The Administrative Office of the Court shall direct the provision of the initial six-hour training in each judicial district. Such training shall be directed in a way which ensures statewide uniformity, such as the provision of training by a core group of presenters throughout the state. Responsibility for payment of the costs of the training itself shall be assumed by the Supreme Court through the Court Improvement Project. Travel and meal costs shall not be provided by the Court.
After the initial year of this Rule’s implementation, the Administrative Office of the Court shall arrange and provide training at no or nominal cost which shall take place at various intervals throughout the year and at various locations throughout theState.These training sessions shall include the six-hour basic training for new guardians ad litem as well as three-hour advanced training for guardians ad litem who have completed the six-hour training.
The Administrative Office of the Courtshall provide notice regarding scheduled training sessions. The Administrative Office of the Court 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.
The 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: