ACCOUNTING DEPARTMENT- The Accounting Department is responsible for the collection of non-delinquent court ordered fines.
BAILIFF - A court attendant entrusted with a variety of duties , including the custody of prisoners under arraignment, the protection of jurors and court personnel, and the maintenance of order in the courtroom. The Bailiff sits at a desk to the side of the Judge's Bench but often moves about the courtroom while performing his/her duties of handling prisoners and maintaining order in the courtroom.
BENCH - 1] The seat for judges in a courtroom 2] The office or position of a judge. 3] The judge or judges composing a court.
COMPLAINT - In Civil Law - A complaint is the first pleading filed by the Plaintiff describing the complaint against the Defendant. In Criminal Law - A complaint is a charge that a person comitted a specified offense.
COURT CLERK - The court clerk is responsible for recording the minutes of the hearing, i.e., all the important information pertaining to your case. These minutes are then entered into the computer system. The court clerk is also responsible for marking exhibits into evidence during a trial, reading the verdict forms at the end of trial, and many other tasks needed for the smooth running of the courtroom.
CLERK'S OFFICE- The office of the Court which keeps the Court records and seal, issues process, enters judgments and orders and provides certified copies from the Court records.
COURT REPORTER -The court reporter uses a machine to record everything that is said in the courtroom. The court reporter can then print out a hard copy of the proceedings (known as a transcript) at the request of the court or of an individual (there is a charge for this service), or if the case goes to the Appellate Court for review. They are sometimes called upon by the Judge or counsel during a proceeding, or by the jury during deliberation, to read back something that was said earlier in the proceedings.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY -The prosecuting officer in a given judicial district.
DOMESTIC ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE - Ordering commanding party to be brought before the court within a short period of time to show cause why that party should not pay temporary spousal support, child support, attorney fees, or be subject to injunctive or other orders requrested by the other party pending trial
FAMILY LAW FACILITATOR - The Family Law Facilitator is able to assist unrepresented parties, (parties who do not have an attorney), primarily with issues regarding child support and/or spousal support. The facilitator also provides information and assistance with paternity actions, restraining orders, support calculations, and provides general information regarding representing yourself in Family Law and District Attorney child support actions.
"FODDP" - FIRST OFFENSE DRINKING DRIVER PROGRAM - A program designed to educate the first time drinking driver offender about drinking and the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol. First time offenders who are convicted of a DUI are often sent to this program as a part of their sentence. Their compliance with the program may become a term of their probation.
INTERPRETER - Interpreters can be assigned to attend court with non-English speaking defendants in criminal matters. Individuals who are deaf are also eligible for interpreters for court proceedings. The role of the interpreter is to translate for defendants during the proceedings.
JUDGE- A public officer who presides over and administers the law in a court of justice; the chief member of a court, charged with the control of proceedings and the decision of questions of law or discretion.
MODIFICATION REQUEST FORM - A form a party can fill out to request the court to change or modify some aspect of their sentence or terms of probation, i.e., the payment schedule set up for payment of a fine.
"MOFFP" -MULTIPLE OFFENSE DRINKING DRIVER PROGRAM - A program designed for the person who has been convicted for multiple DUI's. Their compliance with the program may become a term of their probation. Successful compliance with this program is necessary for the multiple offender to get his/her license back from the DMV.
PROBATION -Probation is a privilege that usually includes conditions that require serving a specific amount of time in jail or a juvenile institution, paying restitution to crime victims, abstaining from the use of alcohol and drugs, paying fines, and doing community service work. Failure to comply with these conditions result in the offender's removal from probation status and the imposition of other penalties.
PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The Probation Department is charged with the responsibility of community protection through the provision of mandated direct services to all of the Courts, including the supervision, control, and reform of offenders who are granted supervised probation.
PUBLIC DEFENDER - The Public Defender has the mandated responsibility of defending any person who is not financially able to employ counsel and who is charged with the commission of any contempt or offense triable in the superior or municipal courts. The Public Defender also represents qualified individuals in probate and welfare proceedings and may represent any person who is not financially able to employ counsel in proceedings relating to the nature or conditions of detention prior to adjudication.
SMALL CLAIMS ADVISOR - The law requires each county to provide assistance in small claims cases free of charge. The Small Claims Advisor for our court is located in Room 107-J. You may see the Small Claims Advisor on a first come first served basis from 8-11 a.m. every day. He/she is also available by telephone every afternoon from noon to 4 p.m. at (707) 524-7349
SONOMA COUNTY DRINKING DRIVER PROGRAM - ("SCDDP") Division of the Sonoma County Health Services Department that deals with programs for drinking drivers, including programs such as the First Offender Drinking Driver Program and the Multiple Offender Drinking Driver Program.
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WARRANT- A written order issued and signed by a Judge, directed to a peace officer or some other person specially named, and commanding him to arrest the body of a person named in it, who is accused of an offense.
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