Guardian ad Litem. A person appointed by the court to represent the best interested of the child or youth in any legal proceedings involving the young person Often but not always an attorney. GALs may be paid or may serve in a pro-bono (unpaid) capacity. In some areas CASAs are called GALs even though they are not attorneys.
Guardian ad litem. Often an attorney, or other person, appointed by the court to represent the interests of a child. The status of guardian ad litem exists only within the confines of the particular court case in which the appointment occurs.
Guardian ad Litem. An adult volunteer, assigned by the court to study and protect the best interests of a youth in a civil or criminal abuse or neglect case. The GAL and the youth should talk on an ongoing basis. The GAL is your voice in the courtroom.