Going to Court

On the Court Date

Checking in

If the court hearing is scheduled at the Central Civil West (CCW) Courthouse, the following applies:

Civil Case Participants

Civil Case Participants

  • Most hearings are scheduled for 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., or 1:30 p.m.
  • Check in with the Child Support Services Department (CSSD) on the 18th floor and wait to be interviewed
  • You will meet with a CSSD attorney or paralegal to discuss your case prior to going to court
  • Ex-parte Applications:  First check in with the courtroom on the 16th floor; then take the filed Ex-parte Application to the 18th floor

Criminal Case Participants

  • Most hearings are scheduled for 8:30 a.m.
  • Where to go:
    • Persons Receiving Support should check in on the 5th floor at CCW, Room 513
    • Defendants already represented by the Public Defender should report directly to the Public Defender’s offices on the 5th floor at CCW, Room 510
    • Defendants represented by private counsel should follow their attorney’s directions regarding where to report
    • Defendants who are not represented in criminal cases should report directly to Department 2H on the 16th floor
  • If you are surrendering (walking in) on an outstanding bench warrant or arrest warrant, see the instructions above regarding where to go

Please arrive by your designated time. If you arrive late, your case may be delayed, or CSSD may proceed without you.

Wait times will vary. Factors that may influence wait times are the number of cases scheduled for hearing that day, whether or not a case requires the presence of all parties, and the complexity of the issues. Depending on when the judicial officer can hear your case, you may have to remain the entire day. Please plan accordingly.

If the court hearing is scheduled at any other courthouse, check in with the bailiff in the courtroom where your case is assigned and follow the bailiff’s instructions.

Meet and Confer

The judicial officers at CCW require that all parties meet and confer (talk) with a CSSD representative prior to the hearing. If either party is represented by an attorney, that attorney must be present. If the parties are able to reach an agreement during the meeting with the CSSD representative, then a court hearing may not be needed. A stipulation (legal agreement) will be prepared for all parties to sign. Once the judicial officer approves the stipulation, the agreement becomes a valid court order.

If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the CSSD representative will prepare the case to be heard in court. The CSSD representative will direct you to the appropriate courtroom.