To help resolve cases involving children and families through the combined efforts of the family, the Court, and community services. To approach each case in a way that is not overly adversarial or intrusive, but always in a just, timely, and efficient manner. To be courteous, safe, and accessible and to provide quality service to those in need.
"Family Court Goals"
- To assign all cases involving children and families to a Unified Family Court.
- To assign all cases involving members of a family to one judge.
- To provide specialized training and continuing education to Family Court judges and staff in the areas of substantive family and juvenile law, case management, cultural competence, family dynamics, alcohol and substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and child development.
- To improve case flow management of Family Court cases.
- To reduce the adversarial nature of the legal process.
- To increase the use and availability of community and court resources.
- To provide better protection to victims of abuse and prevent future harm.
- To improve access to the court.
- To improve and expand the use of technology.
- To provide civil, courteous service to all persons using the Family Court.
- To improve the quality of judicial decision-making in Family Court cases.