FAMILY LAW FACILITATORTULARE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT
Essential Duty Sample: (This List Is Not All Inclusive, BUT A REPRESENTATIVE SAMPLE OF DUTY FUNCTIONS)
Provide education materials to parents concerning the process of establishing paternity and establishing modifying and enforcing child and spousal support in the courts. Select, assign, monitor, and evaluate the work of subordinate staff, which includes interviewing, discipline and writing performance evaluations; oversee the recruitment, training, scheduling, and supervising of paralegals and interns. Prepare personnel data forms, status changes and other personnel related materials. Provide direct services to self-represented litigants in a wide range of family-related case types. Assist Judicial Officers in the courtroom setting with management of cases involving two self-represented litigants. Distribute necessary court forms and voluntary declarations of paternity. Provide assistance in completing forms. Prepare support schedules based upon statutory guidelines. Provide referral to the Local Child Support Agency, Family Court Services, and other community resources that provide services for parents and children. Meet with litigants to mediate issues of child support, spousal support, and maintenance of health insurance. Draft stipulations to include all issues agreed to by the parties. Review paperwork, examine documents, prepare support schedules, and advise the judge whether or not the matter is ready to proceed when the parties are unable to resolve issues with the Facilitator’s assistance. Prepare formal orders consistent with the court’s announced order in cases where both parties are unrepresented. Assists the court with research and any other responsibilities which will enable the court to be responsive to litigants’ needs. Prepare and submit mandatory quarterly reports to the Judicial Council regarding services provided under the AB1058 grant using the Family Law Facilitator Electronic Data system. Develop programs for bar and community outreach that will assist unrepresented and financially disadvantaged litigants in gaining meaningful access to family court. Develop innovative approaches to family law procedures. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with Judicial Officers, court staff and the Local Child Support Agency. Establish and maintain a cooperative relationship and effective referral base with legal and domestic violence resources in the community. Attend staff and other work-related meetings, workshops, seminars, and other continuing education opportunities as requested and required. Serve as a representative of the Court, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Court community and with the public.
Education / Experience: The combination of education and experience as follows are the minimum qualification; graduation from a recognized school of law with a minimum of five years’ experience in the practice of law which must include
substantial family law practice including litigation and/or mediation.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Legal principles, precedents and their application. Legal research methods. Principles of civil, criminal, constitutional and administrative law and their application. Court procedures, rules of evidence and procedures. Laws applicable to operation of County government and related agencies. State and local laws and ordinances. Preparations of briefs and opinions. Family mediation techniques and approaches. Legal aspects and issues of domestic violence. Principles and practices of supervision, evaluation and training. Child support law and guideline calculation methods. Analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to legal and administrative problems. Use legal reference works including case and statutory law. Present statement of fact, law and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form. Work well under pressure. Supervise, train and evaluate staff. Work cooperatively with individuals and groups. Develop innovative approaches to family law procedures. Communicate to explain technical information to people of various socioeconomic, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Prioritize tasks to meet departmental deadlines. Operate a computer and other related office equipment.