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Family Law News

Posted on: Mar 14, 2018

Welcome to Tip of the Week! Judicial officers will offer a tip each week for members of the Family Law Section. Feel free to send suggestions to Mag. Kim Mattingly at

By Mag. Kimberly Dean Mattingly, Marion Superior Court

A:  This one comes directly from a colleague:
Instead of proposed orders with “scheduled for hearing on the _____ day of _____________, 20_______, at ________ a.m./p.m. with ___________________ hours/minutes allotted”  everybody should just use “scheduled for hearing on ________________________________________________________________________________.”
We are living in an e-filing world now.  Make it easy on us.
My $.02: Your Executive Committee is planning an Open Meeting for all Section members and one of the topics will be Odyssey from the Judge’s Perspective.  We’ll process some items in Odyssey up on a screen so that you can have a better understanding of how your orders get processed.  I have also suggested an in-house CLE for judicial officers that will show us efiling from the lawyer’s perspective so that we can better understand your frustrations.  Stay tuned for dates!
B:  Attached is an updated schedule for Superior Court’s judicial officers. If you don’t want to look like a nube (see, I can be hip!), reference it before your hearing instead of asking the court staff “ and who is hearing this today?”  And, by all means, be sure to CHECK IN with court staff before your hearing.  We generally wait to hear that everyone is present and ready to go before starting a hearing.  If you have not checked in with court staff, we do not know that you are present or ready to go.

Stay tuned for a new tip next week!

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