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Cooperation between courts
Mental Hygiene (MHY) CHAPTER 27, TITLE E, ARTICLE 83
§ 83.09 Cooperation between courts.

(a) In a proceeding for the appointment of a guardian of the person or
protective proceeding in this state, a court of this state may request
the appropriate court of another state to do any of the following:

1. hold an evidentiary hearing;

2. order a person in that state to produce evidence or give testimony
pursuant to procedures of that state;

3. order that an evaluation or assessment be made of the respondent;

4. order any appropriate investigation of a person involved in a

5. forward to the court of this state a certified copy of the
transcript or other record of a hearing under paragraph one of this
subdivision or any other proceeding, any evidence otherwise produced
under paragraph two of this subdivision, and any evaluation or
assessment prepared in compliance with an order under paragraph three or
four of this subdivision;

6. issue any order necessary to assure the appearance in the
proceeding of a person whose presence is necessary for the court to make
a determination, including the respondent or the person subject to a
guardianship of the person or protected person; and

7. issue an order authorizing the release of medical, financial,
criminal, or other relevant information in that state, including
protected health information.

(b) The court may receive any evidence produced pursuant to
subdivision (a) of this section in the same manner that it would admit
into evidence the report of a court evaluator after the court evaluator
had been subject to cross examination;

(c) If a court of another state in which a guardianship or protective
proceeding is pending requests assistance of the kind provided in
subdivision (a) of this section, a court of this state has jurisdiction
for the limited purpose of granting the request or making reasonable
efforts to comply with the request.