Upcoming Meeting Minnesota State Guardian ad Litem Board Meeting
Date: February 16, 2017
Time: 9 am
Northern Service Center, Room 430
1 Mendota Road
West St. Paul, MN
Website: Minnesota GAL Meeting
Please visit MN State GAL Board website for meeting agenda, and more detailed information
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State GAL Board Policy on Public Comment
The purpose of having a time for public comment is to allow members of the public to speak to the GAL Board as a group.
The time for public comment is limited to 15 minutes to allow the Board to have time to get through each meeting’s agenda items. The 15 minute time limit may be extended to 20 minutes at the discretion of the Chair depending on the number of speakers. Board members are volunteers and some have full-time jobs so their time is limited.
The GAL program has a complaint process outlined on its website for individuals who believe a specific GAL has violated some policy of the program or a statutory duty. The Board approved the complaint process as part of its policy making duties. The Board does not take action on complaints outside the complaint process.
We understand that litigation is highly contentious and emotional, especially when dealing with family relationships. It is ultimately judges who make decisions about custody and parenting time and the welfare of a child or children who are the subject of a court matter. The duties of a GAL are established by court rule, statute, and case law. The Board has adopted policies regarding training to help GAL’s perform their duties competently.
The Board will not allow members of the public to interrupt its meetings or cause disruptions to the orderly process of getting through our agenda. Individuals who are disruptive will be asked to leave.
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