Interpreters / Guardian Ad Litem

Court Services is a Division of the Superior Court Administrator’s Office, located in Room 616 of the Judicial Courthouse, at 133 Montgomery Street [Map & Directions].  Court Services has several important functions and responsibilities, as follows:

Appointment of Language/Hearing Impaired Interpreters or Translators
The Superior Court Administrator’s Office secures interpreter or translator services in cases involving felony criminal charges in Recorder’s Court or Superior Court, and misdemeanor felony charges in State Court, when the defendant is indigent, or without funds to pay for an interpreter.  In a case where an indigent defendant requires a language interpreter (i.e., Spanish, French, etc.), the defendant’s attorney or court personnel should contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at 652-7144 (Susie Hoover) or 652-7143 (Maria Hunt).

Appointment of Guardian Ad Litem
A guardian ad litem (“GAL”) is a qualified court representative appointed by the Court to represent the interest of a minor child or disabled adult in Superior Court domestic or civil actions.  The GAL investigates the pending issues and makes a recommendation to the Court to assist in the resolution of the case.

A Superior Court Judge will sign an Order appointing a GAL in a specific case.  The Court will determine reimbursement fees for the parties in the case.  Court Services is responsible for collecting GAL fees from the parties in the case, and for reimbursing the GAL for his or her expenses in the case.

For information or to make a GAL payment, please contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at 652-7143 (Maria Hunt) or 652-7144 (Susie Hoover).

Court Liaison for Monitoring Attendance at Court Ordered Family Violence Intervention Program
The Court Services Division of the Superior Court Administrator’s Office is responsible for monitoring attendance at Court ordered Family Violence Intervention Program (“FVIP”).  There are currently two entities which offer the FVIP.

If the Court has ordered you to attend FVIP, you must call one of the following agencies to make arrangements to comply with the Court’s Order:

  • Recovery Place, (912) 303-9036
  • Parent and Child, (912) 238-2777

Failure to attend Court ordered FVIP can result in Contempt of Court proceedings against the party who fails to attend as ordered by the Court.

For information or assistance, please contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at 652-7144 (Susie Hoover).

Forensic and Mental Evaluation
The Court Services Division of the Superior Court Administrator’s Office processes Court ordered felony forensic evaluations to determine the mental stability of a defendant.

For information or assistance in a case where a forensic mental evaluation is needed, please contact the Superior Court Administrator’s Office (Court Services) at 652-7143 (Maria Hunt) or 652-7144 (Susie Hoover).

 
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