Frequently Asked Questions

  • What Is The Difference Between Custody and Guardianship?

    The terms are very similar by definition, but Juvenile Court is only involved in "custody" issues for children. Guardianship may involve adults as well as children, and is usually considered Probate Court. You may want to consult with an attorney for a more in-depth definition.

  • Can I Speak To The Judge or Magistrate About My Case?

    The law does not allow the Judge or Magistrate to receive correspondence or information about a case outside of the courtroom. Anything the Judge or Magistrate learns about a case must be in the presence of all parties.

  • What If I Am Unable To Appear For My Hearing?

    Requests for continuance (rescheduling) of hearings, must be made in writing at least 10 days prior to your hearing date. You must state the reasons for your request for a continuance. If an emergency arises, the Court will of course, consider that. If you are represented by counsel, then contact your attorney as soon as you become aware of a scheduling conflict. Your attorney can then file the appropriate motion with the Court.