How do they get their jobs? What is their job? How long are their terms, if there are terms? What "powers" do they have? Do they look at everything that is submitted for the judge (i.e., motions, requests for adjournments, letters)? Are they allowed to make decisions without the judge's involvement? Can they refuse to allow a party to speak to the judge about an issue? Can they tell you to leave without addressing the issue with a judge? Can they decide whether a motion can be submitted at a pre-motion conference? Can they do settlement negotiations? Can they hold you back from speaking with the judge? Can they tell you (or yell at you) not to address an issue that you wanted to put in a motion for the judge to decide?