Welcome to Court Watch of NC
The Mission of Court Watch of North Carolina is helping children and families who need assistance from the courts and improving the North Carolina judicial system.
Court Watch At A Glance…
– Administering child support, custody and visitation assistance programs
– Provide Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for area attorneys
– Providing information to citizens seeking court related assistance (Pro Se)
– Investigating judicial campaign financing
– Compiling various studies on court related topics
– Monitoring Courts
Court Watch of NC began in 1985 when the Greensboro Commission on the Status of Women sponsored a group of volunteers interested in the court system to monitor domestic sessions of Guilford County District Court. A report was prepared on the findings. Concerned with issues that were addressed, Court Watch of North Carolina was incorporated in 1986 as a non-profit organization to continue independent court monitoring and support people affected by the judicial system.
Court Watch trains volunteers to observe and monitor Guilford County Courts. Our observers assess Judges in the following areas: communication skills, professionalism, integrity, administrative skills, granting continuances, time management, and areas of improvement. It is our belief that increased transparency benefits all parties in Court and the Guilford County Courts overall.
Court Watch will provide a private investigator to locate and serve court papers on Guilford County non-paying parents once the Sheriff’s office has tried unsuccessfully to serve the papers. (The absent parent must be served in Guilford County, although the custodial parent may live elsewhere.)
The Two Families Now class meets the Guilford County District Court parenting class requirement. In this class, you will learn how to reduce co-parenting conflict, how to help your children adjust during separation and divorce, specific parenting skills that buffer children from risk, how mediation can help you create a parenting plan and what to include in a parenting plan. This class, which is guided by mental health professionals and focuses on useful ideas, not theory, has been rated good or excellent by 98% of attendees.
New Custody/Visitation Filing Seminar
This seminar is a joint effort between Court Watch of NC and Guilford County Legal Aid. It is offered on the third Tuesday of every month and attendance is free. This seminar is only for parents, third parties are not allowed to attend. Here you will learn more about the filing process and a family law attorney will go over the filing packet with you and will answer your questions about the filing process.
PC Support Program
Court Watch’s Parent Coordinator Support Program is dedicated to helping families learn about the parenting coordination process and whether a parenting coordinator (PC) might be appropriate for their family. As part of this program, Court Watch maintains on our website a list all of the approved PCs in Guilford County and makes meeting room space available to PCs who qualify.
In order to qualify for meeting room space, a parenting coordinator may volunteer time to Court Watch. They will earn one hour of meeting room space for each hour volunteered, or they can pay $25.00 for the first hour and $10.00 for each additional hour within a 30-day window. Parenting coordinators may contact Court Watch for more information or to reserve meeting room space.
Parenting Coordination is a child-focused process designed to assist parents involved in high-conflict custody and visitation cases implement a court order. Parenting Coordinators (PCs) can act more quickly than court processes to resolve disputes because they are empowered by court order to use a combination of roles and skills including assessment, facilitation, mediation, education, and, in some cases, decision-making.
To learn more about the parenting coordination process, speak with your attorney or contact one of the PCs on the PC Master List.