News

News

Guardian ad litem Pilot Project

Effective January 1, 2018, Douglas County District Court commenced its Guardian Ad Litem Panel Pilot Project. The goal of the pilot project is to intervene earlier with at risk children by making guardians ad litem more accessible to low income parents. Five Douglas County attorneys have agreed to be part of the pilot project. Judges will appoint panel members on a rotating basis. The panel members have agreed to accept appointments at reduced hourly rates and parents pay according to a sliding scale.

INDIVIDUAL GROSS INCOME             HOURLY FEE    INITIAL DEPOSIT DUE

$0 - $30,000                                       $  40                            $  400

$30,001 - $50,000                              $ 70                             $ 700

$50,001 and above                             $100                            $1,000

Attorneys involved in cases where the court has made a panel appointment must file a specific Order Appointing Guardian Ad Litem (G.A.L. Panel Appointment) found at https://www.douglascountyks.org/sites/default/files/media/depts/district-court/docx/orderappointing-guardian-ad-litem.docx.

Mary Shultz