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§ 4-401. Guardians ad litem; Young Adult Bridge to Independence attorneys; required training; appointments.

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   (A) An attorney to be appointed by the courts as a guardian ad litem for a juvenile in a proceeding brought under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43-247(3)(a) of the Nebraska Juvenile Code shall have completed six (6) hours of specialized training provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division (see Appendix A). Thereafter, in order to maintain eligibility to be appointed and to serve as a guardian ad litem, an attorney shall complete three (3) hours of specialized training per year as provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education Division. Courts shall appoint attorneys trained under this rule in all § 43-247(3)(a) cases when available; provided, however, that if the judge determines that an attorney with the training required herein is unavailable within the county, he or she may appoint an attorney without such training and the attorney must agree to complete the six-hour on-line training within thirty (30) days of the appointment.

   (B) Commencing October 20, 2014, for an attorney appointed by the court under Neb. Rev. Stat. § 43‑4510, the attorney shall have training appropriate to the role of the attorney under this statute. Such training shall be provided by the Administrative Office of the Courts Judicial Branch Education. If the attorney has not had the appropriate training prior to the appointment, he or she shall obtain such training within 30 days of the appointment. Judicial Branch Education shall make appropriate education available on-line to satisfy the statutory requirements for education. The Supreme Court's Attorney Services Division shall maintain a list of attorneys who are current in their required training and shall make such list available to all judges with juvenile court jurisdiction.

Adopted June 28, 2006; amended April 11, 2007, effective January 1, 2008. Renumbered and codified as § 4-401, effective July 18, 2008. § 4-401 amended June 17, 2014; § 4-401 amended September 24, 2014. 

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