Children’s Courts, what do I need to know?
If you’re going to a children’s court you can’t just turn up and hope for the best! It’s a scary place with lots of very confident professional looking people rushing around speaking their own language and Jargon, it is generally expected that every day people have no idea what is going on! No one has the time or the inclination to put you at ease and to explain everything, most people just go and hope for the best having no idea what to do, or have any idea of what is actually happening, you can tell by the lost look most people have on their faces!
If you’re having to go to court for yourself, you need to at least have a basic understanding of how it works and what is going on.
You need to know:
- What it is actually like to go to court
- How the system works, step by step
- Know what all the key words / terms used
- Who all the professionals are – where do they come from, what do they do
- What everyone does (their roles and responsibilities)
- What each type ‘court hearing’ does
- What type of ‘reports’ could be asked for
- What could happen, what the judge might want to happen
- What all the Court Orders all mean and do
- What Court Order you need
It’s hard enough for someone used to going to court, but for just everyday people it is daunting confusing and frankly terrifying!