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November 28, 2023

21-65-7. Hearing on petition--Service of process

Upon receipt of the petition, if sufficient grounds are alleged for relief, the court shall order a hearing which shall be held not later than thirty days from the date of the order unless the court grants a continuance for good cause. Personal service of the petition, affidavit, and notice for hearing shall be made on the respondent not less than five days prior to the hearing.

Upon application of a party, the court shall issue subpoenas requiring attendance and testimony of witnesses and production of papers.

The court shall exercise its discretion in a manner that protects the vulnerable adult from traumatic confrontation with the respondent.

Hearings shall be recorded.

Upon application, notice to all parties, and hearing, the court may modify the terms of an existing protection order.