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Referees of the Sixth Judicial Circuit Court

Juvenile Court Referees

Juvenile Court referees conduct hearings and preside over trials involving delinquency and parental abuse and neglect.  They review all complaints and petitions referred to the court, evaluate each matter and make decisions involving diversions or authorizations of petitions, including the detention of juveniles and removal of children due to risk of harm. They prepare recommendations of their findings for submission to the Judges. All referees are experienced attorneys and bring special expertise in child welfare law to their profession.

Friend of the Court (FOC) Referees

Friend of the Court referees enforce Family Division orders regarding child support, custody, and parenting time. They review complaints by parties and attorneys, initiate appropriate legal action, and assist the Family Division judges by making recommendations for resolutions of sensitive and complex family law disputes.