Family Court

The Family Court office is staffed by the Chief Clerk, Deputy Chief Clerk, clerical staff of six, court reporter, and a part-time Hearing Examiner. The Chambers staffs include two multi-hat Judges, two private secretaries, and two Law Clerks. A Judicial Hearing Officer has also been assigned to this County to assist with the ever-increasing caseload.

The Family Court administrative offices are located in Olean, with the majority of cases being heard in the Olean courtrooms.

Family Court has jurisdiction in the following matters:

  • Abuse & Neglect of Children
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Persons in Need of Supervision
  • Adoptions
  • Support & Paternity
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Family Offense


Family Court works closely with many other County agencies and departments including the Probation Department, Department of Mental Health, Support and Collection Unit, Department of Social Services, and the Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The Chief Clerk is responsible for maintaining records of all proceedings, ensuring the cases are scheduled as soon as possible, supervising personnel, preparation of the Family Court budget and other administrative duties, and serving as Security Coordinator for the Courts located at the Olean facility.

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