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What Is a Hearing Order?

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Trial by law has many steps and procedures that must occur before a trial is granted. A hearing is one of these steps, and refers to the formal and thorough examination of any cause, civil or criminal, before a governing body (such as a judge) according to the laws of that body’s particular jurisdiction. During this time, the court may issue what is known as a hearing order, which includes many things, including the list of matters to be discussed and subsequently decided upon; the date and location of the hearing; who is required to attend; and the deadlines for any pre-trial activities.


If an issue must be handled by a court to determine something like child custody, visitation, or support, several actions may be commanded in the order. These are considered pre-trial preparation steps, and can include a home study (which environment is more suited to the healthy upbringing of the child); psychological evaluations of the parties involved; and appointing a temporary guardian to the child to ensure his or her best interests during the case.

If a company wishes to construct a cellular tower in an area where it would need approval to do so, they must petition the committee or government body responsible for permission. In this case, the order would include concerns such as public safety of the completed structure; the possible environmental (or otherwise) impact of the engineering; construction; completion of the object; and the necessity of such a structure.

Order and Notice of Public Hearing

Any hearing that is open to the public has an order and notice of public hearing associated with it. Once the decision has been made to hold a public hearing, the body issues one of these orders to be published in local newspapers in the area most affected by the outcome of the issue.

This order starts the hearing process and contains information such as location and date of the hearing, in addition to certain deadline dates, which vary depending on the type of hearing it will be. Often, the order includes a brief description of the proposition, the list of issues to be considered, as well as detailed steps about the specific hearing process. Additionally, this notice provides information for people who wish to participate in the hearing, like deadlines for applying to be involved, evidentiary submittal deadlines, or how to have questions answered.

A hearing order, when issued by the governing body of a certain area, is essentially the outline of what the hearing is to include, where it is to be held, who is expected to attend, and the legal ramifications of any decision rendered at that time. In law, a judge enters and signs a hearing order. If you have any questions or concerns about hearing orders, what they entail, or how to interpret the information provided, it can be helpful to consult a lawyer.

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