Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I find out where my case is being heard?
Q: Can I talk to the judge outside of court?
A: No. By law, the judge can only speak with you in court in the presence of the opposing party.
Q: How should I refer to the judge when I am in court?
A: It is common court practice to refer to the judge as “Your Honor”, when appearing in court.
Q: If my case is scheduled for 8:30 AM, why wasn’t it called until 10:15 AM?
A: Cases are scheduled at various times of the day. Many cases are scheduled for the same time. If you are scheduled to appear at 8:30 AM. you can be called anytime between 8:30 AM. and 12 noon, depending on the number of people appearing in court. Please note, it is important to arrive in court on time since a roll call and general information regarding court procedures and services may begin before court convenes.
Q: What if I need an interpreter?
A: If you are involved in a criminal or domestic violence case and English is not your first language, please notify the Court immediately and you will be provided with an interpreter.
Q: Where should I stand when my case is called in Court?
A: When the judge calls your case it is important that you stand in front of the railing separating the audience from the judge. The bailiff will point you in the right direction if you have any questions.
Q: When will I speak with the judge?
A: When your case is called in court, this will be your opportunity to speak with the judge directly or through your attorney.
Q: Can I look at my file?