Family Law Section
Commissioner Thomas N. Arnett
FOR COMMISSIONER THOMAS N. ARNETT
THIRD DISTRICT COURT COMMISSIONER
1. What judicial districts/counties do you cover?
2. Where are your offices located?
3. What is the telephone number of your scheduling clerk?
4. What is the telephone number of your in-court clerk?
5. Do you have a case manager? If so, what is the process when a case manager is involved?
6. Do you require that motions be filed before a hearing date is obtained?
7. Do you need courtesy copies of pleadings and exhibits prior to motion hearings? If so, where, how and when do want them delivered?
8. Do you accept pleadings/courtesy copies by facsimile?
9. What are the days and times of your law and motion calendars?
10. Do you allow stipulated matters to be heard before those that require argument?
11. How much time do you allot for each case on your law and motion calendar?
12. At hearings, how do you feel about requests to pass on cases so that settlement discussion can occur outside the courtroom?
13. Under what circumstances, if any, do you conduct formal evidentiary hearings?
14. What are your views about how much leeway should be afforded to pro se litigants.
16. How much time do you allot for hearing on each protective order case?
17. What is your procedure regarding contested motions to continue hearings/conferences?
18. How do you conduct pretrial settlement conferences, and how do you view your role during PTCs?
19. How much time do you allot for pretrial settlement conferences?
20. What are your views regarding mediation and other private dispute resolution vs. judicial intervention in domestic matters.
21. What are your views on the use of special masters in domestic cases?
22. Do you set time limits on bringing motions for custody evaluations? If so, what time criteria do you consider?
23. Do you require that the parties mediate before entertaining motions for custody evaluations?
24. Do your clerks generate orders appointing custody evaluators?
25. How do you handle Rule 4-903 custody evaluation settlement conferences, and how do you view your role during 4-903 CESCs?
26. What is your best general advice for attorneys and parties appearing before you?
27. What are the most common problems you see in pleadings?
28. What are the most common problems you see with proposed orders?
29. Do you have any special concerns not specifically addressed by these questions?