Interested in becoming a Title 11 or Title 26 GAL? The first step is to complete the initial training course. Title 26 requires a 3-day training and completion of a practicum (see link below for more information). Title 11 requires a 2-day training and a minimum five years’ experience in the needs of impaired elderly people, physical disabilities, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and/or other areas relevant to the needs of incapacitated persons (two years' experience for practicing attorneys).
Benton and Franklin Counties periodically sponsor the initial training courses (see Local GAL Training Opportunities for upcoming offerings). The training courses are based off of a statewide curriculum and equivalent training may be offered by other Washington counties. The link below may help you locate another training. Washington Courts - GAL Information. Click on "Training Opportunities" for a listing of upcoming trainings throughout the state.
If there are no trainings listed, you may want to contact the counties directly to find out when they will be having their next training. King County will most likely be next to host a training. You can get contact information and a list of GAL Program Managers by clicking on "Registry Application Procedure" or the following link GAL Program Managers.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the GAL Registry Manager at 509-736-3071.
Click the link below to download the GAL Application Packet.
The process for ex parte has changed in both counties on a permanent basis. Click HERE for a description of the process.
Further, the Court requires that litigants submitting orders ex parte must attest to whether or not a notice of disqualification has been filed. Click HERE to view Judicial Resolution 17-002 and related form.
Superior Court Administration Benton County Justice Center
7122 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336
The Courts will be closed for Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018.
Trials will not be held during the week of April 10, 2018 due to Judicial Spring Conference.
Please refer to Court Holiday Schedule to see changes to regular calendar.
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