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Family Court
Family Court Case Coordinators
Trial Court Coordinator
Custody Mediation
DJJDP Juvenile Court

Family court staff CAN:
Explain the court process to you;
Provide court forms;
Schedule conferences, trials and other court events;
Inform you of upcoming court events;
Answer questions regarding the status of your case;
Ensure that reports, services, evaluations and court orders are completed in a timely manner;
Direct you to other agencies and community resources for additional help

Family court staff CANNOT:
Give you legal advice;
Interpret court orders;
Help you fill out forms;
Tell you what to say or write;
Represent you in court;
Give messages or information to the judge assigned to your case

Family Court Case Coordinators assist attorneys and private individuals with domestic and juvenile cases, such as divorce, alimony, equitable distribution of marital property, child custody, child support and other family related matters. The case coordinators arrange for services such as mediation or parenting apart education that the family members (adults and children) might need to reach a resolution of the conflicts without having to proceed with an adversarial hearing in court. When a judge does need to hear matters involving that family and to issue orders in the case, the case coordinators will make sure that the case is ushered through the system as efficiently and effectively as possible. In District 25, there is one Domestic Case Coordinator in each county and one Juvenile Case Coordinator who serves all three counties.

Your Family Court Case Coordinator will be your contact person for questions about your case. Each time you contact your Family Court Case Coordinator, please be prepared to

  1. clearly explain what information you are seeking, and
  2. always provide your file number, which is located in the upper right hand corner of your court documents. For example: 00-CVD-0123 or 00-JA-0321.

Domestic Case Ronda Hedrick
Coordinator (Burke) 828 433-3215 phone
828 433-3291 fax
Juvenile Case Coordinator Joy Brown
828 695-2543 phone

The Trial Court Coordinator (TCC) manages and assists the judges with district court operations with a special emphasis on juvenile court.

Trial Court Coordinator Brandi Tolbert
828 695-6215 phone
828 695-6134 fax

Custody Mediation
The Child Custody and Visitation Program provides a trained professional mediator to act as an impartial third party to help parents develop a parenting agreement that will provide for the continuing care of their children. Mediation sessions are held in a private setting. Learn more about this statewide program.

Mediators Dawn Thompson
Sherry Pritchard
Staff Debbie Wilson
Phone 828 465-8943
Location District Court Annex
1175-A Brady Avenue
Newton, NC

DJJDP Juvenile Court Staff
The Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DJJDP) manages delinquency court cases. Their conference room is located on the first floor of the Burke County Avery Office Building, near the DJJDP offices. Learn more about this statewide program.

Phone 828 432-2845
Location Burke County Avery Office Building
200 Avery Avenue, Suite 2
Morganton, NC

State Family Court Contacts
Stephanie Nesbitt
Telephone: (919) 890-1204

Mia LaMotte
Telephone:(919) 890-1207

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