The judge will ask the child if he or she feels they have recovered from their bodily injuries.  If the child is an infant or very small, then the judge will usually observe the child, and ask the Guardian Ad litem (GAL) the same question.

Also, depending on the age of the child, the judge will sometimes inquire as to the minor's ambition in utilizing the settlement funds for a given cause; this sometimes draws questions on how the minor is performing in school, and if in high school, what the post graduation plans may or may not be for that specific minor.