AO No. 1999-1 — Assignment of Medical Support Enforcement Matters to the Third Circuit for Discovery Purposes

[Entered January 21, 1999.]

Administrative Order No. 1997-3 is rescinded. On order of the Court, it appears that the administration of justice would be served in matters pending in circuit courts relating to support of minor children; any sitting judge of the Third Circuit Court assigned to the family division of the Third Circuit Court may act in proceedings involving the financial and medical support of minor children in jurisdictions other than the Third Circuit Court according to the following procedures:

1. This order applies to all pending and future actions involving the enforcement of financial or medical support of minor children filed in jurisdictions other than the Third Circuit Court.

2. In actions where the circuit court, office of the friend of the court, requires the discovery of information relating to the availability of health or medical care insurance coverage to the parents of children subject to orders of support pending in that court, the chief circuit judge may refer those actions by writing or through electronic means to the Third Circuit Court Friend of the Court Office for assistance in the discovery of such information.

3.Upon acceptance of the referral under section 2 by the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit or his or her designee, a judge of the Family Division of the Third Circuit Court designated by the Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court may issue appropriate orders in that action for the purpose of discovery of information related to the availability of medical or health care insurance to the parents of minor children who are the subjects of that action. The judge(s) so assigned may by subpoena or other lawful means require the production of information for that purpose through single orders which apply to all cases referred from all jurisdictions making referrals under section 2.

4. The State Court Administrative Office shall be responsible to oversee the administration of this order and shall report to the Supreme Court as needed regarding administration of this order.