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Judicial Assignments
Family Court Judicial Assignments
Case Type
Family Court (Custody, Divorce, Support)
  • Assigned to one of four judges
  • Assigned by defendant's last name
    • A to Fa - Judge Scherer
    • Fb to K - Judge Bononi
    • L to Ri - Judge Smail
    • Rj to Z - Senior Judge Driscoll
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 the four family judges as listed on the Unified Family Court Schedule
Juvenile Court, Children's Bureau, and Terminations / Adoptions
  • Are assigned on a rotational basis. Each week one of the two family court judges will be assigned to hear juvenile adjudications on Thursday and Friday and shelter care cases as they arise. A second judge will hear juvenile dispositions and reviews on Wednesday, and a third judge will hear children's bureau adjudications on Monday an Thursday. 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