Application Instructions

Guardian Ad Litem Application 26.09

The GAL application period is currently closed and we will begin accepting applications on January 2, 2018 through
mid-March 2018

Certified Registry

The RCW 26.09 Guardian ad Litem / Parenting Investigator certified registry is available online and can be picked up in room 334 of the County-City Building, in Tacoma.

Application Submission Dates & Instructions

Acceptable Applications

Only applications with a revision date in 2017, will be accepted once the registry opens. All new applicants and former registry members not currently serving on the RCW 26.09 Certified Registry must complete the new applicant application packet and supply all written documentation including a resume. All current members on the Certified Registry must complete the renewal application packet, submit a resume and an updated residential history. All applications must be submitted by the close of business on the date of the application materials.  Submit application materials to the Superior Court Administrator at 930 Tacoma Ave S, Room 334.

Applications Open

The Court will be accepting applications January 2, 2018 through mid-March 2018. No late applications shall be considered. In subsequent application periods, if you have not attended the required training by the application closing date, you may timely submit your application and indicate when and where you will be attending the training. Once the training is completed, you must immediately forward a copy of your Certificate of Attendance to the Superior Court Administrator. If you have questions regarding the application process, please email Kristine Maine.

Completing an Application

Please include the RCW number (RCW 11.88 or 26.09) of the applicable registry on all correspondence you send to the court. All required information must be received by the Superior Court Administration by the application deadline. To properly complete your application, please return a signed original hard-copy application to the Superior Court Administrator, including the following materials:
  1. Submit a signed Title 26 PI / GAL Certified Registry application. Guardian ad Litems currently serving may submit the renewal application. All interested parties and GALs who have served in the past will need to submit the new applicant application along with required attachments. Please note, the application is updated annually; therefore, the previous year's application will not be accepted.
  2. Submit a signed Policy 2, Code of Conduct (this will be included in your application download), also set forth in Pierce County local rules and GALR 2 of the Washington State court rules.
  3. Submit a Washington State Patrol (WSP) background check (WATCH REPORT) dated after January 1, 2018. You must send this form directly to the Washington State Patrol with a check for $12 payable to the Washington State Patrol. You are both the applicant under Section A and the requester under Section B of the form. Do not send this form or money to the Superior Court. Please do not delay sending this form to the Washington State Patrol, as it may not be returned to you for several weeks. You may also obtain your WATCH Report from the WSP website.
  4. Curriculum vitae or resume.

Additional Notes

New applicants will be assigned to a mentor and experienced GAL for job shadowing upon provisional approval to serve on the registry. Once the mentoring and job shadowing is completed, provisional applicants will be required to complete a Declaration of Mentoring completion form. This form must be completed, and on file, in Superior Court Administration by Dec. 31, 2018. If you are selected for the registry, you will receive further mentoring instructions. Please be mindful to complete the correct application based on your new or returning applicant status.