I’m a self-represented party and I recently received a notice from the court telling me to follow “Standing Orders.” There is a link to it and I reviewed the document, but I don’t understand what it means. Can you please explain?
The judicial branch has issued Standing Orders for various types of court dates. These include, but may not be limited to Resolution Plan Dates (RPD), Case Dates, Pre-trials and Trials. The point of the Standing Orders is to ensure (as much as possible) that parties and/or their attorneys come to court as prepared as possible to help move the case forward. For example, one of the requirements of a Resolution Plan Date is to have a financial affidavit filed two (2) calendar days in advance of the court date. This allows the opposing party, or counsel, to review such and see if there are issues that need to be addressed when the parties do get to court. Ultimately, if you have questions about how to prepare, what to prepare, or how to handle these court dates, it may be best to at least consult with an attorney and see if he or she can help you navigate these waters.
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