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In Re Haber

OPINION FILED AUGUST 10, 1981.

IN RE MARY HABER. — (SARAH MORAN, PETITIONER-APPELLEE,

v.

MARTIN BREINER, RESPONDENT-APPELLANT.)



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. MARTIN F. BRODKIN and the Hon. CORNELIUS J. COLLINS, Judges, presiding. MR. JUSTICE MCGLOON DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

In case number 79-2233, respondent Martin Breiner appeals from the trial court's denial of his motion to vacate or modify an injunctive order. Case number 80-1207 involves respondent's appeal from an order denying a motion to vacate the injunctive order, adjudging him in contempt of court for violating the injunction, and fining him $500. A motion to consolidate the two cases was allowed for the purpose of appeal.

On appeal, respondent contends that the injunctive order was invalid and that the contempt order should be reversed. He alternatively argues that the contempt proceedings should be reversed and the cause remanded for a trial by jury.

We affirm and modify in part.

On January 12, 1979, the trial court found Mary Haber, daughter of petitioners Mr. and Mrs. Sam Haber, in need of psychiatric treatment and ordered her hospitalized at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 60 days. This court affirmed the finding and order. See In re Haber (1979), 78 Ill. App.3d 1120, 398 N.E.2d 121. Sarah Moran testified during this proceeding.

On January 24, 1979, Sarah Moran filed a petition alleging that she had received threatening communications from Mary Haber and a threatening telephone call from an unidentified man. Moran requested an investigation into these matters. The trial court issued a subpoena to respondent requiring his appearance and testimony regarding any knowledge he had about the communications. Respondent was to appear on March 1, 1979.

Respondent failed to appear on the required date and the trial court issued a rule to show cause for failure to obey the subpoena. On April 3, 1979, after service of the rule to show cause, respondent appeared and testified. Further proceedings on the rule were held on April 10, May 2 and May 22, 1979. On May 22, the order challenged in this appeal was entered. This order is as follows:

"This cause coming on to be heard by agreement of counsel for Petitioners and counsel for Martin Breiner,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED:

Martin Breiner is hereby restrained and enjoined from communicating, directly or indirectly by any means, including, but not limited to, telephoning, writing or personally visiting with Mary Haber, Sarah Moran, Nawonna C. Moran, Peter Moran and Thomas E. Moran. Approved: Sherwin M. Weiner, atty. for Martin Breiner; Martin Breiner; Jerome F. Goldberg, atty. for Mr. and Mrs. Sam Haber."

Prior to entering this order, the trial court noted that it would only deny the rule to show cause provided that the parties agreed to the aforementioned order. The order denying the rule to show cause was entered on July 23, 1979.

On January 9, 1980, Sarah Moran filed a petition seeking to have respondent held in contempt of court for violating the agreed order. The petition alleged that respondent had sent flowers to Sarah Moran on eight occasions from September through November 1979. At the hearing on the matter, Breiner admitted sending flowers with unsigned notes to Sarah Moran, but was not aware that this conduct constituted a communication in violation of the order of May 22, 1979. Respondent was found in contempt and fined $1,000. The trial court later reduced the fine to $500 on its own motion.

First, respondent argues that the order prohibiting his communications with Mary Haber and the Moran family was void. He maintains that the trial court's jurisdiction was initially derived from the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 91 1/2, par. 1-100 et seq.), and that under the Code, its jurisdiction terminated either (1) upon the entry of the order hospitalizing Mary Haber, or (2) upon Mary Haber's discharge from the hospital. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 91 1/2, pars. 3-813, 3-902(b).) Because the order in issue was entered during proceedings which were initiated after Mary Haber was discharged, respondent argues that the trial court lacked subject-matter jurisdiction and the agreed order was void.

Section 3-813 provides that a patient may not be hospitalized for a period exceeding 60 days unless the facility director, believing the patient is still subject to involuntary admission, files a new petition and two new certificates. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 91 1/2, par. 3-813(a).) Section 3-902(b) requires the facility director to discharge a patient when he is no longer subject to involuntary admission. (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 91 1/2, par. 3-902(b).) It is clear that these statutes apply to the court's authority to order hospitalization beyond the 60-day period.

However, the matters involved in this appeal are unrelated to Mary Haber's commitment. There are no additional matters involving enforcement or correction of the commitment order. Thus, the aforementioned sections of the Mental Health and Developmental ...


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