Guardian ad litem; shall not be appointed to represent child, etc. if committed delinquent act. (HB966)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Child custody; guardian ad litem.  Provides that a court shall not appoint counsel or a guardian ad litem for a child who is the subject of a custody case unless there is a conflict of interests between the child and any parent or other person claiming a right to custody or that good cause exists to make such an appointment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12102378D
01/11/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2012Assigned Courts sub: #2 Civil
02/01/2012Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (8-Y 0-N)
02/03/2012Committee substitute printed 12104915D-H1
02/03/2012Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (18-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2012Read first time
02/08/2012Read second time
02/08/2012Committee substitute agreed to 12104915D-H1
02/08/2012Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB966H1
02/09/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/09/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/10/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/13/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/13/2012Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/20/2012Continued to 2013 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 50 seconds.


Helen Gregory writes:

Guardian ad litem should not be bias and in my opinion is not needed.
She had stated to my lawyer she hates me. How can she make a decission
if she hates the other party? They are usually on the mother's side and
won't listen to any eveidence