Superior Court Judge Robert Schnider this week ordered lawyers for Michael Jackson and ex-wife Debbie Rowe to submit copies of missing papers from their divorce file.
Judge Schnider ordered Rowe's lawyer, Marta Almli, to submit duplicate copies of Rowe's 2001 motion to terminate her parental rights to her two children with Jackson.
He ordered Jackson's lawyers, Michael Abrams and Thomas Hall, to submit a copy of Jackson's opposition to the motion.
Judge Schnider is quoted as saying:
"The way this file looks, it's clear to me that documents have come in an untimely fashion."
The papers must be submitted within 30 days.
A hearing has been set for May 24.