There is no parent, guardian, or other adult that appears with the child for court hearings, The judge finds a conflict of interest exists between the child and the parent/guardian, or The judge makes specific findings that a GAL appointment will serve the best interests of the child.
The judge may appoint a GAL when:
The judge also has discretion to appoint a GAL when charges against the juvenile are filed directly in adult criminal court.
The child is sentenced, unless the child is placed on probation and as a condition of probation is ordered to reside in a residential or community placement, The child reaches eighteen years of age, unless the child has a developmental disability.
The GAL’s appointment ends when:
In addition, the appointment may end when the circumstances supporting the GAL’s appointment no longer exist.