Guardian ad litem for children; certification of compliance with certain standards. (HB137)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Collins (R-Winchester)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Guardians ad litem for children; certification of compliance with certain standards. Requires guardians ad litem appointed to represent a child in a matter to conduct an investigation in compliance with certain standards. The bill requires a guardian ad litem to file with the court, along with any attorney representing a party or party proceeding pro se, a certification of the guardian ad litem's compliance with such standards, specifically addressing such standards requiring face-to-face contact with the child. The bill further requires the guardian ad litem to document the hours spent satisfying such face-to-face contact requirements and specifies that compensation for such contact shall be at the same rate as that for in-court service. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20102539D
12/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/17/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 0-N)
01/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB137)
01/22/2020Committee substitute printed 20106038D-H1
01/22/2020Reported from Courts of Justice with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/24/2020Read first time
01/27/2020Read second time
01/27/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106038D-H1
01/27/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB137H1
01/28/2020Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/28/2020VOTE: (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
01/29/2020Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB137H1)
02/12/2020Reported from Judiciary (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2020Read third time
02/17/2020Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB137ER)
02/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB137ER)
02/19/2020Signed by Speaker
02/20/2020Signed by President
02/24/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on February 24, 2020
02/24/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 2, 2020
03/02/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 21 (effective 7/1/20)
03/02/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0021)

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