Williams, J-A | Divisional Instructions

*PLEASE EMAIL ALL REQUESTS FOR HEARINGS TO:

CAD-MJCA-K@PBCGOV.ORG*

Uniform Motion Calendar:

Uniform Motion Calendar will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. for non-evidentiary matters only. Please submit a copy of the Motion and Notice of Hearing to the Magistrate's office five business days prior to the hearing. At the commencement of a Uniform Motion Calendar hearing, counsel for the moving party must present to the Magistrate the following: a signed copy of the Order of Referral (if applicable), a copy of the Motion to be heard, a copy of the notice of hearing, a proposed order with the appropriate number of copies to be conformed, and self-addressed, stamped envelopes. Counsel or pro se parties will be limited to five minutes each to present argument for or against the matter to be heard.

Evidentiary Hearing:

First, file your motion with the Family Division, Clerk of Court.

Next, if any non-child support issues are framed by your Motion, then an Order of Referral to General Magistrate is required for all the non-child support issues (including attorney's fees). If necessary, please prepare an Order of Referral and submit the Order of Referral for signature to the appropriate Circuit Judge. Please be sure to include the Magistrate's full name - Jean Adel Williams and Room Number 6I.

Upon your receipt of a signed copy of the Order of Referral, do not request a hearing date until after the expiration of the time to file an Objection to the Order of Referral.

After the expiration of the time to file an Objection to the Order of Referral, submit an email to the appropriate Magistrate requesting a hearing and setting forth the amount of time you wish to have reserved for the hearing. Make sure to list the specific motions that you are requesting to be heard by the Magistrate. For non-child support matters please include a copy of the signed Order of Referral to General Magistrate. 

After our office receives your written request for a hearing along with the Motion and signed Order of Referral(and upon the expiration of the objection period), a telephone call will be placed to your office to schedule a hearing.  We may request that you place a conference call to opposing counsel's office so that the hearing date and time can be coordinated with both sides. Thereafter, please prepare a Notice of Hearing and submit to our office.

***Should it be more than two weeks since submitting your request and you have still not been contacted by our office, please call to check the status of your request.***

Commitment Hearing:

First, file your Affidavit of Non Compliance and Motion for Commitment with the Clerk of Court. Then, submit an email to the appropriate Magistrate requesting a hearing and setting forth the amount of time you wish to have reserved for the hearing. Please include a date-stamped (Clerk's stamp indicating original filed with the Clerk) copy of your Motion.

After our office receives your written request for a hearing along with the Motion, a telephone call will be placed to your office to schedule a hearing. We may request that you place a conference call to opposing counsel's office so that the hearing date and time can be coordinated with both sides.

***Should it be more than two weeks since submitting your request and you have still not been contacted by our office, please call to check the status of your request.***

Trial:

To schedule a trial upon a Petition, file your Notice to Set Cause for Non-Jury Trial with the Clerk of Court. Mail a date stamped copy of the Notice to Set Cause for Non Jury Trial, along with a copy of the signed Order of Referral, if necessary. Please remember to include self-addressed, stamped envelopes for all pro se parties. Within a reasonable time frame, you will receive an Order Setting Case for Status Conference.

Cancellation of a Hearing:

Cancellations may occur by (1) Agreed Order confirming that the matter has been resolved and the pending matter resolved or withdrawn; or (2) Notice of cancellation confirming that the matter has been resolved and the pending motion or petition resolved or withdrawn. (3) Any other cancellations must be approved by the General Magistrate.  The proposed Agreed Order shall include the Agreement, and if applicable, the Parenting Plan and child Support Guidelines Worksheet.

 

Continuances:

Any request for continuance must be in writing and co-signed by the Client and set for hearing on the Magistrate's Calendar (after receiving a hearing date from the Magistrate's Assistant). Alternatively, if the continuance is agreed to by opposing counsel, a stipulation signed by both counsel and their clients should be submitted together with an order either: (a) assigning a new hearing or non-jury trial date; or, setting a status conference to revisit a reset date.

 

At the Hearing or Trial:

Please bring self-addressed stamped envelopes for all pro se parties to each hearing or trial.

Please pre-mark all exhibits and exchange exhibits with opposing counsel.

We do not require that you bring a proposed Order or Report, whichever is appropriate, to the trial or hearing. However, the submission of a proposed Order or Report will be helpful to the timely resolution of the matter. Please email the proposed Order or Report to our offices at the email address provided above.

Telephonic Appearances:

Persons appearing telephonically must have notary public present at their location to verify their identity unless there is an agreement of the parties to waive the requirement of the notary.

All telephonic appearances may be agreed upon between the parties, with notice to the Magistrate of the agreement, or determined after motion and hearing.

The cost of the telephonic appearance will not be borne by the Court. The parties shall utilize one of the vendors below unless excused by the Magistrate. The parties shall arrange their telephonic appearance at least 3 days in advance of the hearing by calling one of the following vendors:

Court Call:                           888-882-6878                   https://courtcall.com/ 

CourtScribes:                     833-727-4237 Ext. 3       https://courtscribes.com/

Zoom:                                   888-799-9666