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Recent Examples on the Web Dawn Gentry, a family court judge in Kenton County, in Kentucky's northern 16th Judicial District, was charged with multiple counts of misconduct in November by the state Judicial Conduct Committee. NBC News, "Kentucky judge accused of courthouse threesome is suspended," 8 Jan. 2020 The 13-year-old is due back in family court Tuesday. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "Slain Barnard student's family blasts police union head over marijuana comment," 16 Dec. 2019 He is expected to be charged as a juvenile in family court. Madeleine Carlisle, Time, "A Barnard Student's Stabbing Death Has Rattled NYC and a 13-Year-Old Is in Custody. Here's What to Know," 14 Dec. 2019 Ultimately, the accused boys' proceedings in family court will be shielded, because the middle schoolers are minors. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "A New York village averted a potential school shooting. Parents are still furious.," 2 Dec. 2019 Page Six reports that in April 2015, a Bronx family court judge issued an arrest warrant for Dash and ordered him to pay $62,000 to Morales. Brianne Tracy,, "Damon Dash Arrested for Unpaid Child Support, Released After Paying More Than $1 Million: Report," 21 Nov. 2019 Like for example, guardian ad litem programs for kids in contentious family court hearings or people fighting foreclosure? oregonlive, "Oregon funds program to help immigrants with legal aid," 23 Nov. 2019 In 2018, more than 3,000 family court cases were filed in Kenton County, according to state records. Julia Fair,, "A Northern Kentucky family court judge had her own divorce records sealed in another county," 28 Oct. 2019 In the mid-1990s, Switzer and Spreckman were the ones to approach Sheindlin with the idea that the then-family court judge should take her career to television. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "CBS Says There Was Never Any 'Judge Judy' Library Sale (Never Mind the Press Release)," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of family court

1917, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jan 2020

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“Family court.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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Legal Definition of family court

: 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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