Utah Office of Guardian ad Litem

  • Current Private Attorneys Guardian ad Litem (PGAL) Roster - PDF

Private Attorney Guardian ad Litem Online Application and Training Program

This application and training program is for Utah attorneys who are applying to become eligible as Private Attorney Guardians ad Litem (PGAL) to represent children in district court cases pursuant to UCA Sec. 78A-2-705 and to receive case-assignments from the Utah Office of Guardian ad Litem (the "Office"). Because children are involved, it is necessary for the Office to screen applicants who demonstrate the requisite ability and proficiency to represent them in District court proceedings.

First, print and fill out the application form. While completing the form, take note of the items that must be completed. When you have completed these requirements, mail in your application and contact Kathryn Morris at kathrynlm@utcourts.gov to register for an in-person training program.

If you have any questions or problems with the online application or training process, please contact the Office at kathrynlm@utcourts.gov or (801) 578-3902. Thank you for your interest in representing children in District Court!

  • Application Form - PDF
  • Application Checklist - PDF


  • Schoolcraft - Case Law - PDF
  • 78A-2-705. Private attorney guardian ad litem -- Appointment -- Costs and fees -- Duties -- Conflicts of interest -- Pro bono obligation -- Indemnification -- Minimum qualifications. (Effective 5/13/2014)
  • Rule 4-906. Guardian ad litem program. (uploaded 10/31/14)
  • 78B-7-202. Petition -- Ex parte determination -- Guardian ad litem -- Referral to division. (Effective 07/01/13)
  • 30-3-5.2. Allegations of child abuse or child sexual abuse -- Investigation. (Effective 07/01/13)
  • 62A-4a-403. Reporting requirements. (Effective 05/08/18)
  • Rule 4-509. Court-appointed parent coordinator. - PDF
  • Rule 4-903. Uniform custody evaluations. (uploaded 01/31/16)
  • Child Development and Parents Who Do Not Live Together - PDF


Additional Trainings

  • Brain Up! - Video and Quiz
  • Child Suggestibility - Video and Quiz
  • Interpersonal Violence Exposure & Autism Spectrum Disorder. Interacting With Your Special Needs Client - Video
  • Intimate Partner Violence - Video and Quiz
  • Outside of the Comfort Zone: Implementing Self-Care as a Larger Concept - Video and Quiz


Additional Forms and Pleadings