(Summit County, Ohio) – The Summit County Domestic Relations Court is accepting public comments on proposed amendments to the Court’s Local Rules until Monday, April 19, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Comments on the proposed amendments may be submitted in writing to: Jessica Wright, Judicial Attorney, Hon. Katarina Cook, Summit County Domestic Relations Court, 205 South High Street, Akron, OH 44308, or jwright@drcourt.org.

Proposed amendments to Local Rule 34 Guardians ad Litem are effective Monday, March 29, 2021, pursuant to Sup.R. 5(A)(2) and subject to public comment. The amendments affect years of experience required by the court for guardians ad litem (GALs) to be eligible for court appointments. Additionally, a proposed amendment would reduce the Court’s required annual training hours for GALs.

Proposed Loc.R. 34.06 is amended to align with Sup.R. 48.06. It includes an additional notice that a party may be found in contempt of court for improperly sharing a Guardian ad Litem report. Proposed Loc.R. 34.09 concerns Civ.R. 17­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­-(B) and contains the procedure for the appointment of a GAL when a party is alleged to be incompetent.

Portions of the Rules of Superintendence related to GALs are incorporated for ease of access.

Additional information on the proposed amendments can be found on the court’s website at www.drcourt.org under the News tab. The direct link is www.drcourt.org/wp/local-rule-updates.