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Court Personnel Dictionary for a DIY divorce


There are many legal terms when it comes to DIY divorce. To understand these terms better, we have put down a list of commonly used terms used by a court personnel.

Case flow coordinator: He is the first person to deal with in the court who maintains the record which shows schedule of your case hearings and keeps complete track of the case.

Then, there are Legal assistants in the court who are the staff members or clerks in the court or law offices who performs various clerical tasks such as typing, recording, filing the records of court hearing etc. you must have know how about such folks. They are court clerks, interpreter, reporter, mediator etc.

Court Clerk is a court employee who maintains official record of your case. he is an important person.

Interpreters are translators who sit in the courts, required to translate court hearings from one language to the other (if required). You may also provide your own interpreter. Then, there are persons who record the hearing and prepare an audio tape; they are the Court recording monitor. He gives a written record of court hearing. He may charge fee for the work. Also, certain assistants are present in the court who type everything said during the case hearing and prepares a written document for it, for a fee if asked. They are the Court reporters.

In case of an uncontested divorce, where you have already settled the things with your spouse, not complicated. But, in case of child custody, alimomy and other issues of disagreements, a Court mediator or a Family Service officer/ relation counselor is required to be hired. These are Court employees to whom cases are referred for dispute resolution. He mediates disagreements and negotiates agreements .if one party takes unreasonable position, he reels them in. Thus, these folks are useful in bringing parties closer. A family relation counselor may evaluate family situation by interviewing each parent, children in the family and writes a report for the judge, making recommendations about child custody and visitation. He works in the family service office of judicial department.

Family support magistrate is the person who handles cases and can enforce court orders regarding child support, paternity disputes, and alimony. To assist him a support enforcement officer works to supervise child support payments. He may also file legal papers to produce changes in previous child support orders. Sometimes parents hire a professional to make out of court decision on child custody and visitation issues. He is compensated by the parents.

Judge: The officer who hears and orders the decision in the court. He has the power to make the final judgment.

Judicial marshal and State Marshal: Judicial Marshal is an official who is the security in charge of the court. He keeps his eye on the metal detectors and is responsible for the other security provisions at gate/entrance of court house. Also, he maintains law and order in the courthouse. Whereas, a State Marshal is the person who give copies of the legal papers to the other people i.e. the defendant party named in the case.

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