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definition of show cause hearing

definition of a show cause hearing

Asked on 3/09/03, 11:36 pm

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John C. Talpos Talpos & Arnold
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Re: definition of show cause hearing

A show cause hearing is conducted when there is an allegation that a person has not done something a person should have done and the complainant is asking the judge to remedy that or punish the person. For example, if a parent abuses a child during visitation, the custodial parent could ask for an Order to Show Cause why that parent shouldn't have visitation rights terminated; or if child support wasn't being paid, why that parent shpouldn't be incarcerated. The Petition for Show Cause explains what the complaint is, the Order of Show Cause reqires the respondant to come to Court and answer the petition and "show cause" why the appropriate remedy should not be required. John C. Talpos, 525 E. Big Beaver, Ste. 250, Troy, MI 48083 (248) 643-6800

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Answered on 3/10/03, 8:10 am
William Stern William Stern, P.C.
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Re: definition of show cause hearing

It basically shifts the burden to the party being challenged as to why that party should not be held in contempt of court or otherwise be sanctioned for failing to comply with a previous order. Many times it is used to speed up a hearing. Bill Stern 248-353-9400

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Answered on 3/10/03, 7:15 am

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