Standing Temporary Restraining Order
The Standing Temporary Restraining Orders contained in Local Rule 4.7, for the 12th and 278th Judicial Districts
are adopted and shall be in effect for all applicable family law cases filed in the 506th Judicial District Court. Further,
unless specifically modified by order of the court, Rule 4 of the Local Rules shall remain in effect.
Setting Show Cause Hearings
Settings for temporary orders hearings, also
called show cause hearings, shall be as provided for on this Web site. See the index in the left column or click here.
At least two working days prior to the scheduled
show cause hearing, counsel for both petitioner and respondent (or the pro se party) shall file a summary statement of their
position with the court, either in person, via mail or via email. To the extent possible, please avoid faxing your summary
statement. Mail your summary statement in sufficient time for it to be in the court’s hands two days prior to the hearing.
All deliveries are to be at the Hempstead address shown on the Web site.
Click here for more information on Summary Statements.
Length of Hearings
Unless prior consent is obtained through the Court Coordinator, show cause hearings are to be scheduled for one hour
only; that is 30-minutes per side. The summary statement should cover counsel’s opening statement and background for
each witness. Therefore, at the hearing it is important for counsel to open with his or her lead witnesses and cut to the
chase as much as possible, as soon as possible.