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IV-D Court Operation Memorandum


To:                All Parties and Attorneys Appearing in the IV-D Court

From:          Michael J. Nelson, Associate Judge
Date:            August 1, 2015
Subject:       Telephonic Hearing Request


In an effort to clarify the situation and to avoid problems that have arisen in the past, the following guidelines are to be used by the IV-D Court on request to appear telephonically at hearings.

  •  All "Requests" need to be in writing and filed under the case cause number with the District  Clerk's Office.

  • ALL PARTIES SERVED WITH SHOW CAUSE ORDERS TO APPEAR MUST ATTEND ALL HEARINGS PERSONALLY.  NO TELEPHONIC REQUEST WILL BE ACCEPTED ON THIS TYPE OF CASE.  THIS INCLUDES, BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO, ALL ENFORCEMENT CASES.

  • PLEASE NOTE THE COURT WILL ONLY GRANT TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE AT HEARINGS UNDER THE FOLLOWING LIMITED CIRCUMSTANCES:
 
  1. U.S. Service members' that cannot attend the hearing due to military service obligations.  The Court will need written verification from the "chain of command" with their contact information for confirmation.

  2. Individuals that cannot travel due to disability and/or medical restrictions.  Each individual will need to submit written verification from their treating physician (doctor) detailing that they are unable to travel due to medical reasons on the physician's letterhead with their contact information for confirmation.

  3. City, County, State, or Federal Law Enforcement or "first responders" that cannot attend due to schedule of duty conflict.  The Court will need written verification from the "supervising officer" with their contact information for confirmation.

  4. A party making request for telephonic hearing attendance under Uniform Family Interstate Support Act (UFISA) Referral Case.

  5. Active Student with a "verifiable" communication from the school administration that states the student CANNOT miss a school day.
   *  TRAVEL AND THE EXPENSE OF TRAVEL IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE
     REASON FOR GRANTING OF A TELEPHONIC HEARING.


Michael J. Nelson
Associate Judge


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