308th Family District Court

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Virtual Docket

9:00 AM Virtual Docket
You may schedule an ancillary matter (no longer than 15 minutes) to be heard during a virtual docket.
9:00 AM Virtual TRO Docket
This setting is for an initial filing where a temporary restraining order is being requested or a hearing on temporary orders is being requested and the other party has not yet appeared. Temporary restraining order hearings are not preferentially set. Rather, a small number of cases will be called on a "Zoom docket" at the scheduled time. The Court will try to accommodate your time estimate, but availability may be limited.

Uncontested

Finalizar un Acuerdo (Prove Up for Spanish Speaker)
Opción para finalizar un acuerdo. Todos los documentos tienen que estar entablados con la corte antes de finalizar su caso.
Prove Up of Uncontested Matter
Setting for person that wishes to prove up an uncontested agreement. This applies to (but not limited to) waiver divorce, waiver suit affecting the parent-child relationship, waiver petition to modify, petition for name change, agreed final order, and prove up of mediated settlement agreements.
Signing Box
Use this appointment to notify the 308th of a proposed order that needs to be reviewed by a judge for signing. This includes orders proven-up by affidavit or declaration. Judges review their signing box daily. Your setting will be cancelled when your order is signed.

This appointment is NOT for use to set a hearing for consideration by submission or for oral hearings.
Quick Approach
Setting requires ALL attorneys/parties of record to approach the judge to discuss any issue that cannot be addressed by submission.

Settings

No Answer Default
Twenty-four (24) hours prior to setting, the party must file a proposed order, non military affidavit, certificate of last known address, sworn inventory and appraisement (for divorce), AOP or DNA (for cause involving establishment of paternity). If additional Exhibits will be introduced, please email directly to Court Reporter twenty-four (24) hours prior to the date of setting.
Pre-Trial Conference for Adoption
A pre-trial Conference is required in each adoption case. The date for final trial will be set at the pre-trial conference.
Pre-Trial Conference for SIJS Case
A pre-trial conference is required in each SIJS case. The date for final trial will be set at the pre-trial conference.
Submission Docket
The courts will consider the following motions by written submission (no oral hearing):
1. Adoption evaluation;
2. Appointment of attorney ad litem or amicus attorney;
3. Attorney’s fees (interim fees or deposit of costs);
4. Confer with child ≥12-years-old;
5. Consolidate;
6. Continuance;*
7. Custody Evaluation;
8. Discovery disputes (compel discovery/deposition, motion for protection/to quash);
9. Drug testing;
10. Enter/sign order;
11. Genetic testing;
12. Judgment nunc pro tunc;
13. Objection to remote proceeding;
14. Reinstate;
15. Retain;
16. Substituted service;
17. Summary judgment;
18. Transfers that are not mandatory (e.g. inconvenient forum); and
19. Withdrawal of counsel.

Temporary Orders

Temporary Order Hearing- 45 Minutes
NOT for use in an initial filing where a temporary retraining order is being requested or a hearing on a temporary order is being requested and the other party has not yet appeared. This setting type is solely for use after the opposing party has appeared and mediation has been scheduled to occur prior to the hearing date or was already attended.

A hearing on temporary orders where the other party has not yet appeared; use the hearing type "9 AM Virtual TRO Docket" to request those settings.
Temporary Order Hearing- 1 Hour
NOT for use in an initial filing where a temporary retraining order is being requested or a hearing on a temporary order is being requested and the other party has not yet appeared. This setting type is solely for use after the opposing party has appeared and mediation has been scheduled to occur prior to the hearing date or was already attended.

A hearing on temporary orders where the other party has not yet appeared; use the hearing type "9 AM Virtual TRO Docket" to request those settings.
Temporary Order Hearing- 2 Hours
NOT for use in an initial filing where a temporary retraining order is being requested or a hearing on a temporary order is being requested and the other party has not yet appeared. This setting type is solely for use after the opposing party has appeared and mediation has been scheduled to occur prior to the hearing date or was already attended.

A hearing on temporary orders where the other party has not yet appeared; use the hearing type "9 AM Virtual TRO Docket" to request those settings.
Temporary Order Hearing- 3 Hours
NOT for use in an initial filing where a temporary retraining order is being requested or a hearing on a temporary order is being requested and the other party has not yet appeared. This setting type is solely for use after the opposing party has appeared and mediation has been scheduled to occur prior to the hearing date or was already attended.

A hearing on temporary orders where the other party has not yet appeared; use the hearing type "9 AM Virtual TRO Docket" to request those settings.

Miscellaneous Hearing

Miscellaneous Hearing- 30 Minutes
For any setting that is not a Temporary Orders Hearing, Contested Entry, Pre-Trial Conference, or a Motion that can be considered on the Submission Docket.
Miscellaneous Hearing- 1 Hour
For any setting that is not a Temporary Orders Hearing, Contested Entry, Pre-Trial Conference, or a Motion that can be considered on the Submission Docket.
Miscellaneous Hearing- 1.5 Hour
For any setting that is not a Temporary Orders Hearing, Contested Entry, Pre-Trial Conference, or a Motion that can be considered on the Submission Docket.
Miscellaneous Hearing- 2 Hours
For any setting that is not a Temporary Orders Hearing, Contested Entry, Pre-Trial Conference, or a Motion that can be considered on the Submission Docket.
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