Guardians ad litem
The Trial Court must "appoint a guardian ad litem to protect the
interests of the child" in every juvenile case.
Hocąk Nation Children & Family Act, 4 HCC §§ 3.25b, 3.75a;
Third Party Guardianship Act, 4 HCC § 11.12b; Adult Guardianship and Spendthrift
Ordinance, 4 HCC § 14.9g(7); see also
Ho-Chunk Nation Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 26. The Ho-Chunk
Nation Judiciary continually seeks conscientious, caring and
dependable individuals to fill this important role. A guardian ad
litem serves as an independent advocate and informs the Court of a
child's interests in child protection actions and guardianship
The Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court will hold training sessions for
the certification of Guardians ad Litem and lay advocates this
fall. A Guardian ad Litem (often known as a "GAL") is a trained
individual appointed by the Court in cases involving juveniles and
vulnerable adults. A GAL serves as the Court's "eyes and ears,"
determining the best interests of an individual by conducting
interviews, investigations and home visits. Court appointed
GALs are compensated for their time and expenses. GAL training is
currently scheduled for November 14 - 16,
is the 2016 Guardian ad
litem Training Agenda.