Guardian ad Litem Title 11

Roles & Responsibilities


A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an adult who is appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual for a specific purpose for a specific period of time. Under the direction of the court, a GAL performs an investigation and prepares a report for the court of the GAL's findings and recommendations. The GAL's responsibilities and duties are set forth by statute, court rule and the order appointing the GAL.

Title 11.88 GALs Cases


Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 11.88 GALs are often appointed to represent the best interests of incapacitated persons before the court.

Chair of the 11.88 Guardian ad Litem Committee


For your information, the Chair of the Guardian ad Litem Committee is Judge Kathryn Nelson.