I have a contested divorce going on in supreme court in Westchester, NY. Will the referee in the contested divorce put a word to the judge or send a note to the judge about the divorce action?
There is not enough here to answer the question. Jurists communicate with each other by way of their orders. If there is a Referee at any point in the action, then any orders the Referee enters are plainly visible by the judge and vice versa. If you had told us how it is you have two jurists on your case, we can offer a better answer.
I assume the referee was appointed to preside over certain issues. Section 122.9 of Uniform Rules of Trial Courts:
"A determination required to be made by a judicial hearing officer in respect to any motion or proceeding at which such judicial hearing officer presides, or in respect to any report or decision required to be filed by such judicial hearing officer, shall be rendered and filed within 30 days. All reports and decisions shall be in writing and shall indicate the reasons upon which the decisions or findings and recommendations contained in the report are based."
A note about what? A Referre does what the Order of Reference directs.
I am a former federal and State prosecutor and have been handling criminal defense and personal injury cases for over 18 years. The above answer, and any follow up comments or emails, is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.
The Referee will periodically issue a report to the assigned Justice, recommending certain orders be issued and/or that certain motions be filed or not. Other than those reports, however, the Referee does not usually "chat" with the Judge about issues going on in the case. You're best advised to schedule a consult with a Westchester Divorce attorney for a full assessment.
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In Westchester County, the Court Attorney Referee assigned after a Request for Judicial Intervention will conduct a Preliminary Conference and thereafter, various other court appearances such as a discovery and pretrial conference. After each conference the Referee is required to report to the Court/Judge Assigned with a written report. All parties will receive this report.
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