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Judicial Assignments
Family Court Judicial Assignments
Case Type
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Family Court (Custody, Divorce, Support)
  • Assigned to one of four judges
  • Assigned by defendant's last name
    • A to Fa - Judge Mears                
    • Fb to K - Judge Bononi
    • L to Ri - Judge Smail                    
    • Rj to Z - Judge Krieger
Protection from Abuse
  • Protection from abuse permanent hearings and indirect criminal contempts for violations of a PFA order are held on Monday and Wednesday by the weekly PFA judge. The weekly PFA judge is assigned on a rotational basis among three family judges (Judge Mears, Judge Smail, and Judge Krieger) as listed on the Family Court Calendar.
Juvenile Court, Children's Bureau, and Terminations / Adoptions
  • Are assigned on a rotational basis. Two of family court judges will be assigned to hear juvenile adjudications and any shelter care cases as they arise.  Two of the family court judges will hear children's bureau adjudications/reviews and terminations and Adoptions. Cases initially assigned to the judge belong to that judge for all future hearings
  • Terminations and adoptions arising from Children's Bureau cases are assigned to the judge who held the adjudication. Termination and adoptions for private adoptions will be assigned alphabetically pursuant by the oldest adopted child's last name. Alphabetical assignments follow the same split by judge as does custody, divorce, and support.