Posted on January 17, 2018
The case of the day is In re Mutual Assistance to the Local Court of Wetzlar, Germany (E.D. Cal. 2018). The opinion doesn’t give the facts in any detail, but we know from the application that the case is a child custody dispute, in which the mother and child lived in Germany and the father lived in California. Via the Hague Evidence Convention, the Amtsgericht Wetzlar sent a letter of request to the US central authority, asking for the father to answer several questions in writing. The US Attorney’s Office sought the father’s voluntary cooperation, but when that was not forthcoming, an AUSA applied to the court for appointment as a commissioner for purposes of executing the letter of request.