As the Chief Judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit, I have elected at this time NOT to enter an Administrative Order in Family Law cases regarding primarily time-sharing matters. I have considered doing one as other circuits have, but, at this point in time, I have consciously chosen not to do so. It is my thought that in our circuit and under my COVID-19 Administrative Orders that any TRUE emergency situations can be accommodated on a case by case basis by the presiding judge. I have not entered an Administrative Order regarding visitation in Dependency cases for the same reason. At this point, all of our judges have Zoom technology available to them if they find it necessary to conduct an emergency hearing in a family law case.
Of course, this pandemic is a fast moving and ever changing situation, so if circumstances change in the future to the extent I should reconsider this decision please let me know. I would be the first to admit I am not an expert in pandemics, and we are all struggling to do the best we can. Stay safe and encourage your families and staffs to stay safe in these strange times.
James P. Nilon