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Magistrate's Authority To Issue Ex Parte Domestic Violence Protective Orders

In the recent crime session, the General Assembly, in Ch. 4, S. L. 1993 (1994 Extra Session) provided that chief district judges may allow magistrates to hear requests for ex parte domestic violence protective orders and to issue show cause orders for contempt of domestic violence orders in certain limited circumstances. This memorandum may help in identifying some of the issues to be resolved. It also includes some information for magistrates who are hearing motions for ex parte protective orders.
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