Looks though can be deceiving.
If you decide to file a complaint against a GAL be prepared for a process that is anything but clear and open.The reality of GAL removal is that it is nearly impossible (only two GALs have been removed in the last 5 years) and will cost you thousands of dollars. Let alone the countless hours invested.
Here are some of the road blocks to removing a GAL:
- You are an outsider and have no connection to the working relationship that those in Maine's court system have with each other.
- The Judge has a working relationship with your GAL. In some cases the Judge has been working for years with this person.
- The Judge is biased towards your GAL because of this working relationship.
- Because of this bias the Judge is not – repeat not – a neutral party in any dispute you may have - right or wrong - with your GAL.
- Any complaint filed against a GAL is a reflection on the Judge and his/ her management techniques.
Because of this working relationship it becomes very hard for a valid complaint to make any headway in the legal process. The judge who is supposed to be a neutral figure in your dispute in actuality is not. The judge may be biased because of the working relationship he/ she has with the GAL associated to your case. Breaking this relationship is near to impossible and does not allow for corrective action against a GAL that may be doing something wrong.
The biggest roadblock to GAL removal is Maine's Judicial system. Oversight and management has to be removed from the judicial branch.