Security - Family Court Commissioner's Office
There are ten (10) hearing rooms divided between rooms 707 and 711; waiting room facilities are available. Access to both rooms requires a security station/metal detector pass-through. Any object that might be considered a weapon, (e.g. nail files, pen knives, scissors) will not be allowed and will be confiscated if brought to the security station. In addition, a sheriff's deputy is stationed in both waiting rooms. Only parties involved in a case and their attorneys are allowed in the waiting area.
Different types of hearings are heard in different places. An attorney can help decide what type of hearing needs to be scheduled and how to go about scheduling it. In general, divorce hearings, other than final hearings, are heard in the family court commissioner's office. Family court judges hear final divorce hearings when there is a dispute on an issue. Family court commissioners may hear final divorce hearings when the parties have a written agreement on all issues.
Hearings to enforce a court order or modify an order after a judgment is issued are heard by family court commissioners. You can schedule a hearing before the family court commissioner by bringing all completed paperwork including sufficient copies as noted in the instructions to the calendar desk in room 707 of the courthouse. Hearings to establish paternity are normally scheduled through the Department of Child Support Services.