Court proceedings will start each day promptly at 9 a.m. Cases will be scheduled on the half hour starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 11:30 a.m. Afternoons are reserved for specially set cases approved by the Judge. All parties, attorneys, caseworkers, witnesses and others entitled to be present at the proceedings are expected to be ready to proceed at the time the case is scheduled. If the case is called and is not ready, it will be recalled if time permits. Please be advised that because of the scheduling demands, it may be necessary to give new dates to cases that are not ready when the case is initially called.
Private/bar attorneys should not schedule motions or agree to next court dates and times which conflict with matters scheduled on other Court Calendars. Motions (e.g. motions to close or change visits) may not be placed on the call without first clearing the date and time with the Judge or Court Coordinator, unless it is set for a previously scheduled court date.
Fee Petitions and Motions to Withdraw can be noticed (without prior approval) for a date and time when the case is otherwise scheduled before the Court. If this is not possible, Fee Petitions and Motions to Withdraw will be heard at 9 a.m. and must be scheduled with the Court Coordinator. If the attorney seeking approval of the Fee Petition is not present when the matter is called at 9 a.m., it will be stricken.
The Court will not entertain emergency motions that are not true emergencies. An emergency motion is any situation that concerns immediate and/or imminent risk of harm to the minor. Emergency motions will be heard promptly at 9 a.m. and must be received by the Judge and/or Court Coordinator no later that 4:30 p.m. the prior day. Cases may not be “instantered” without permission of the Judge and notice to the Court Coordinator.
Cases where a party must be writ into the proceedings should not be scheduled before 10 a.m.
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