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Criminal and civil court judges earn an annual salary of $193,500; family court judges earn $208,000, the site says. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Court Officials Blast Mayor de Blasio for Delays on Judges," 2 Jan. 2019 And my mom was a prison guard and my dad was a family court probation guy. Fox News, "Sean Spicer: CNN's Jim Acosta owes Trump an apology," 2 Aug. 2018 This year the party says it has been inundated for requests for support from mayors, county legislators, family court judges — even from county coroners. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Cuomo’s So-Called Women’s Party," 24 May 2018 In a letter last month, Chief Judge Janet DiFiore asked the mayor to fill four family court and 11 interim civil court judgeships. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Court Officials Blast Mayor de Blasio for Delays on Judges," 2 Jan. 2019 In recent denials, the lawsuit claims, federal immigration authorities have said family courts aren’t considered juvenile courts when establishing eligibility for immigrants aged 18, 19 and 20. Corinne Ramey, WSJ, "Lawsuit Claims Some Young Immigrants Treated Unfairly Under New Policy," 7 June 2018 The 2000 case was taken up by Vice President Al Gore, the Democratic candidate for president that year, who publicly declared his support of Elian to stay in the country while the lawsuit wound through family court. Washington Post, "Alan Diaz, news photographer who captured Elian Gonzalez’s saga, dies at 71," 3 July 2018 Practically, finding adequate translation services for indigenous families is often difficult and leaves them with few avenues to access social services or interact in family court, often represented by someone who doesn’t speak the same language. Rory Taylor, Teen Vogue, "The Current Border Crisis Feels All Too Familiar for Indigenous Peoples in the United States," 12 July 2018 Since the early 1990s, juvenile courts across the state have been merging with family courts — which generally handle internal family issues such as divorce, custody and domestic violence. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "She struck down gay adoption ban and handled notorious juvenile cases. Now she's retiring.," 3 July 2018

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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: a court that has jurisdiction and often advisory powers over domestic disputes involving the rights and duties of husband, wife, parent, or child especially in matters affecting the support, custody, and welfare of children — compare juvenile court

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