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GAL accountability 7 Years, 10 Months ago Karma: 0
I was familiar with the ODC from a previous disagreement with the ethics of a GAL appointed to evaluate custody of my children 20 years ago. Currently, my daughter has a similar situation with a court-appointed GAL. I documented violation of ethics and negligence and submitted that report to the ODC, after I checked with the ODC office as to the rules; I received a copy of the procedures and rules in the mail. Two weeks after I mailed the complaint, the ODC mailed the attorney and myself a letter that said my complaint involved "insufficient representation" and that for the office to proceed with disciplinary action, I would need to file a lawsuit and have a court determine that the actions of the attorney was improper. This is NOT what the ODC brochure or the person that I checked with on the phone said to me. A GAL is court-appointed and is a representative of a minor child, which makes the relationship different than a hired attorney for an adult. I was aware of that and feel that I was misled by the office personnel when I called to verify the conditions for filing a complaint and when the person said that I could file that complaint, under their rules.

There is a challenge with GAL accountability in Hawaii. The salary is not enough for them to properly represent minor children, unless they are particularly diligent as a matter of dedication to duty. Those who do not properly represent the best interests of a child are doing a great disservice to them and their caretakers. I intend to address GAL accountability to the Administrator of the Family Court in Hawaii on this issue.
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