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WHAT IS A RJI
October 21, 2018


 

What is a Request for Judicial Intervention?

An RJI is called a Request for Judicial Intervention (UD-13) or (A-11), and it is a request that must be made in a conflictual divorce or an uncontested divorce if you want a judge assigned to a case. Usually a judge is assigned at the beginning of a case if it appears as though your case can not be settled out of court and you need a Judge to help move things along. This is an important form because without it you will not be able to get a judge to sign an application for support or other interim relief.  You or your divorce attorney will file the RJI in the County Clerk’s office and upon payment of a fee the Clerk will send it out for assignment to a Judge.

When you or your lawyer files an RJI for divorce, custody or annulment the case is next assigned to a Judge.

A matrimonial case is considered a special proceeding and that means you will get a judge assigned to the case sooner rather than later.

Once you or your divorce lawyer files the RJI with service of process on your spouse a Judge will be randomly selected to hear your case. You cannot choose which judge you want to hear your case.  However, if there is a conflict of interest the Judge will usually take him or herself off the case.

Upon the filing of the RJI the Court will send you or your lawyer a date to come to court. Usually that occurs in 45 days.  That first court date is called a preliminary conference where the attorneys fill out documents as to financial discovery and the Judge sets up a time line as to what work needs to be done in order to move the case forward.

There are two different RJI forms. One is for an uncontested divorce and one is for a contested divorce.