Committee on Superior Court September 28, 2007


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Committee on Superior Court September 28, 2007

  1. 1. Committee on Superior Court September 28, 2007 “ Employer Sanctions” ARPOP Ariz.R.Fam.L.Proc. By Mark W. Armstrong
  2. 2. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RULES COMMITTEE <ul><li>Arizona Supreme Court Minutes September 22, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>The Domestic Violence Rules Committee was established to: </li></ul><ul><li>Research other state domestic violence rules </li></ul><ul><li>Study the issues relevant to domestic violence </li></ul><ul><li>procedural matters in Arizona </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporate Benchbook </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Mission Statement </li></ul><ul><li>Establish a comprehensive, statewide set of rules of procedure for protective orders aimed at fair, effective, uniform, and timely resolution of family cases involving protective orders, and enhance enforcement of protective orders and public safety to the extent possible and appropriate. </li></ul>DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RULES COMMITTEE
  4. 4. Arizona Rules of Protective Order Procedure <ul><li>Supreme Court R-06-0032 </li></ul><ul><li>Effective January 1, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>These rules govern protective order matters </li></ul><ul><li>Other court rules apply if NOT inconsistent </li></ul>Rule 1. General Administration
  6. 6. <ul><li>Cannot refer OP parties for ADR </li></ul><ul><li>Every party shall be notified in writing of opt-out provision </li></ul>Rule 1(E). Alternative Dispute Resolution
  7. 7. Rule 1(F). Children as Protected Parties <ul><li>Children should not be included unless: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical harm has or may result to child </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alleged acts involved the child </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Any modified order must be served </li></ul><ul><li>The Superior Court minute entry SHALL reflect what method was used </li></ul>Rule 1(M). Service of Protective Orders
  9. 9. Rule 1(P). Offender Treatment Programs <ul><li>Court may require completion of Batterer Intervention and Treatment Program ( not anger management. </li></ul><ul><li>Court may track progress. </li></ul><ul><li>Court may set OSC </li></ul>
  10. 10. Rule 4. Family Law Cases <ul><li>Family Law Court has exclusive jurisdiction if pending action </li></ul><ul><li>A(3) Protective still valid if issued by limited jurisdiction while family case pending </li></ul>
  11. 11. Rule 4(A)(4)(c) <ul><li>If hearing requested on case transferred to Superior Court, hearing SHALL be held within </li></ul><ul><li>court days of receipt (filing) of order if exclusive use; otherwise 10 days. </li></ul>City courts Justice courts Superior court
  12. 12. Rule 4(B). Child Custody and Parenting Time <ul><li>B(5) NO EXCEPTIONS FOR CONTACT FOR CHILD CUSTODY OR PARENTING TIME, except – </li></ul><ul><li>B(6) Superior Court may make exceptions to “implement a child custody or parenting time order” under limited circumstances; any change to existing protective order must be by a modified protective order </li></ul>
  13. 13. Rule 5. Rules of Evidence and Disclosure for Protective Order Hearings <ul><li>A(1) Relevant evidence is admissible unless: </li></ul><ul><li>Probative value outweighed by unfair prejudice </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence will result in confusion </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence would be cumulative </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence lacks reliability </li></ul>Relaxed
  14. 14. Rule 5(A)(2) <ul><li>Report required to be submitted to the Court MAY be considered as evidence </li></ul>IS THIS ADMISSIBLE?
  15. 15. Rule 5(B). Disclosure <ul><li>Rules 49 and 50, ARFLP , do not apply unless specifically ordered. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Rule 9. Appeals <ul><li>A. Appealable Orders defined </li></ul><ul><li>B. Courts to Which Appeal Is to Be Made </li></ul>EX PARTE ORDER IS NOT APPEALABLE
  17. 17. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure <ul><li>Family Law Rules Review Committee </li></ul><ul><li>(Round I) </li></ul><ul><li>R-06-0022 </li></ul><ul><li>Effective January 1, 2008 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 <ul><li>Mostly technical, non-substantive changes </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 2(A). Applicability of Rules of Evidence – Clarifies scope of the rule; many evidence rules continue to apply </li></ul><ul><li>New Rule 22. Conduct of Proceedings </li></ul><ul><li>New Rule 27(C). Order to Appear and Petition </li></ul><ul><li>New Rule 33(H) – Consol. of civil and family cases </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 38 duplicates Rule 90 – Reserved </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 43(C) – removes provision allowing service upon clerk </li></ul>
  19. 19. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>Rule 43(G) and Form 3 – Confidential Data and SSAN (last 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 47(G) conformed to other rules – parties not required to meet in cases of OP or significant history of DV </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 49(D)(6) – requires disclosure of business interests held anytime in 24-month period prior to filing petition </li></ul><ul><li>New rule 62(C) - Document Organization. A party who produces documents for inspection shall produce them as they are kept in the usual course of business or shall organize and label them to correspond with the categories in the request. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>Rule 68(A) – petition for conciliation may be filed or submitted to conciliation services if locally permitted </li></ul><ul><li>New Rule 76(A)(2)(d) – requires compliance with ADR reporting requirement of Rule 66(E) </li></ul><ul><li>New Rule 76(C)(2)(b) – Pretrial statement must include Child Support Worksheet, if CS at issue </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 76(C)(5) - The order following a final pretrial conference shall be modified only in upon a showing of extraordinary circumstances. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>New Rule 77(B)(1) - The court may impose reasonable time limits on the trial proceedings or portions thereof., and limit the time for trial to scheduled time. Any party may request additional time by motion made no less than 45 days before the scheduled trial date. </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 79(C)(1) – Adds Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all motions for summary judgment shall be filed not later than sixty (60) days prior to trial. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>Rule 84 amended to comply with ARCAP 9(b) – motions must be filed within 15 days of entry of judgment; timely motion tolls appeal time </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 88. Disability of a Judicial Officer – witnesses need not be recalled if adequate electronic record available </li></ul>
  23. 23. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>New Rule 91(A)(4) - Except for petitions to Modify Child Custody filed pursuant to Rule 91(D) or 91(E)(2), and unless a different procedure is established by local rule, the applicant shall submit to the assigned judicial officer the original and three (3) copies of an Order to Appear, together with three (3) copies of the Petition showing evidence of being filed with the clerk of the court. The clerk of the court shall file the original Order to Appear when signed by the assigned judicial officer. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>Rule 91(A)(5) – Allows local variance for financial affidavits </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 91(D)(4) – Allows 30 days response time for out-of-state service </li></ul><ul><li>Rule 92(B) – Contempt proceedings to be initiated by petition, not motion </li></ul>
  25. 25. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure – R-06-0022 (cont.) <ul><li>Rule 97. Family Law Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Defines “substantially similar” </li></ul><ul><li>Form changes must be approved by Supreme Court Administrative Order </li></ul><ul><li>New forms website: http:// </li></ul>
  26. 26. Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure <ul><li>Family Law Rules Review Committee </li></ul><ul><li>(Round II) </li></ul><ul><li>R-07-____ </li></ul><ul><li>Effective January 1, 2009 </li></ul>