R.S. §9:302 Divorce Proceedings (Procedure)

§9:302.  Divorce proceedings; hearings in chambers; procedure

A. In addition to any hearing otherwise authorized by law to be held in chambers, the court by local rule, and only in those instances where good cause is shown, may provide that only with mutual consent, civil hearings before the trial court in divorce proceedings may be held in chambers.  Such hearings shall include contested and uncontested proceedings and rules for spousal support, child support, visitation, injunctions, or other matters provisional and incidental to divorce proceedings.

B. A motion for hearing in chambers pursuant to this Section may be made by either party or upon the court’s own motion.

C. Except for being closed to the public, the hearings held in chambers pursuant to this Section shall be conducted in the same manner as if taking place in open court.  The minute clerk and court reporter shall be present if necessary to perform the duties provided by law.

D. The provisions of this Section shall not be construed to repeal or restrict the authority otherwise provided by law for any hearing to be held in chambers.

Acts 1990, No. 1009, §§7, 9, eff. Jan. 1, 1991.

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