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Newport News, VA 23601


On or about February 4, 2016, we sent out a notice concerning the appointment of GALs in the Fifth Judicial Circuit (see below; old order removed).   We recently received another email from Judge Farmer advising that the Order that was provided with the original email has been revised.  CLICK HERE to download the new order that was recently entered by Judge Farmer.


Following is a memo that the NNBA received from the Judges of the Fifth Circuit:  

In an effort to standardize practices in the Fifth Judicial Circuit regarding the appointment and payment of guardians ad litem in custody and visitation matters, the Court has developed the following standard practices:

1. On all appeals, the guardian ad litem appointed in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court remains the guardian ad litem in Circuit Court. There is no need for the entry of a new order appointing the guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem will be paid at the same rate as in Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court ($75.00/hour in court and $55.00/hour out of court) and will submit a form DC-40 requesting payment.

2. In all cases involving custody and visitation originating in Circuit Court, the Court will appoint a guardian ad litem upon a written motion filed by either or both parties.  Please review the order carefully and note the specific parameters regarding the payment of guardian ad litem fees.

 It is the intent of the Court to begin enforcing standard practices on May 1, 2016. We are providing a 30-day comment period to allow attorneys an opportunity to provide feedback regarding any concerns they may have with the proposed standard practices. If you have a concern or question you would like the Court to consider, please email the same to Nancy Walliser at nwalliser@courts.state.va.us.