CMS-AdminOrder.doc - IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY MISSOURI IN RE FAMILY COURT DIVISION DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES FILED ON AND AFTER

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF JACKSON COUNTY, MISSOURI IN RE: FAMILY COURT DIVISION DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES FILED ON AND AFTER APRIL 16, 2001 ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 2001-89 AMENDED ORDER Pursuant to Section 478.240 and Section 487.130 R.S.Mo. and applicable local rules, it is ordered that the following case management system is adopted and shall apply to all petitions for dissolution and all motions to modify filed on and after April 16, 2001, as well as other classes of cases designated by the Family Court Administrative Judge. The immediate purpose of case management is to create a more efficient, predictable system in order to achieve more timely case dispositions, reduced waiting times and more meaningful appearances for litigants, attorneys and the Court, thereby promoting the timely administration of justice. 1. DESIGNATION OF TRACK: At the time of filing the petition or motion, the initiating party shall designate whether the case is to be placed on a contested or an uncontested track for case management and disposition purposes. If no track is designated, Civil Records shall automatically place the case on a contested track. 2. ASSIGNMENT OF CASES: Civil Records will assign all uncontested and contested cases at random to one of the Family Court Judges and Commissioners who are assigned to the domestic relations dockets, within the appropriate venue, in nearly equal numbers or as directed by the Family Court Administrative Judge.
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3. UNCONTESTED CASE TRACK: A) Selection of an uncontested track will place the case in line for disposition within eleven weeks after filing, or as close thereafter as practicable. B) Civil Records will schedule uncontested cases for an uncontested hearing, as close to eleven (11) weeks from the date of filing as is practicable. Notices of the hearing date will be sent by Civil Records to both the petitioner and the respondent. C) Once scheduled, a case may be placed on a contested track by Civil Records upon written request. D) Parties are expected to complete all requirements with regard to FOCIS (Rule 68.13) and Submissions by Affidavit (Rule 68.3.1) prior to the uncontested hearing date. E) The uncontested hearing shall commence on the date and time set by the Department of Civil Records unless the case is dismissed or placed on a contested track by the Court. 4. CONTESTED CASE TRACK: A) Selection of a contested track will place the case in line for disposition within twenty eight weeks after filing, or as close thereafter as practicable. B) Civil Records will schedule contested cases for a case management conference, as close to seventeen (17) weeks from the date of filing as is practicable. Notices of the conference date will be sent by Civil Records to both the petitioner and the respondent. The purpose of the case management
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conference is to provide an opportunity for case or issue resolution and to allow the court to take prompt control of the case. If a case settles at the case management conference, it can be immediately scheduled for an uncontested hearing.
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