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Certain civil matters are handled by the Civil Judge on duty. Each Civil Judge serves a two week duty period. (See the link below for the Civil Duty Schedule.) The Civil Duty Court Office handles all matters assigned to the Civil Duty Judge.

What matters are handled by the Civil Duty Court Office?

According to Local Rule 3.2, the Civil Duty Judge shall handle all:

  • uncontested civil orders
  • entry of preliminary defaults
  • confirmation of defaults
  • probate of testaments
  • examination of judgment debtors
  • writs of habeas corpus not involving a criminal statute or germane to a criminal proceeding
  • commitments under the Mental Health Law
  • all routine matters not involving a contest between the parties and in which no contest is indicated

All of these matters must be routed through and approved by the Civil Duty Court Office. Please do not bring duty matter pleadings directly to the Duty Judge.

ALL DUTY CASES ARE TRACKED BY CASE NUMBER. ALWAYS HAVE THIS NUMBER WHEN CALLING OR FAXING THE CIVIL DUTY COURT OFFICE.

OPEN COURT PROCEDURES:

- Duty Court is held Tuesday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. in the courtroom of the Civil Judge on Duty.

- For Default confirmations in open court, you must call the Duty Court Office no later than 2:00 p.m. the day before you plan to confirm the judgment so that the record can be pulled and sent to the courtroom.

- Judgment Debtor rules are scheduled in advance through the Duty Court Office. To pass a J.D. Rule, a letter must be faxed to the Duty Court Office with all relevant case information, including case number.

SUCCESSIONS:

- Only new successions may be “walked through” to the Duty Judge. Walk-through successions must be reviewed by the Duty Court Attorney, who will submit it to the Judge. All “walk through” matters are discretionary and are available only when the Duty Court Attorney and the Duty Judge are available.

- Any succession pleadings in a previously opened file will be sent to Duty Court. The record will be ordered by the Duty Court Office, reviewed by the Duty Court Attorney, and submitted to the Duty Judge for signature.

- If you receive a notice that your pleading was not signed for some reason, please file your correction with the Clerk of Court and walk it to the Duty Court Office for resubmission to the Duty Court Attorney and Judge.

MINOR SETTLEMENTS:

Any settlement of personal injury or other claim on behalf of a minor is scheduled through the Civil Duty Judge’s Office, not the Civil Duty Court Office. All parties must be present for the conference.

HOLD BOX:

Duty matters requiring a Judge’s signature may be filed with the Clerk of Court and walked to the Civil Duty Court Office in Room 2401. A hold box is located in the wall on the outside of the Duty Court Office. Duty papers can be left for signature on the top shelf of the hold box.

 

 


Link to Duty Court Schedule

 
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