You need to contact an attorney that is not on vacation, immediately.
A magistrate's order is a proper order and can be enforced. CSEA routinely makes use of magistrates to send people to jail for contempt, without needing approval of a judge. You also only have a certain amount of time to object to the magistrate's decision for the lump sum and penalties before it is automatically adopted by the court.
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Joseph C. Patituce
There is a difference between a magistrate's order and a magistrate's decision. A magistrate's order is effective immediately and does not need a judge's signature. A magistrate's decision needs the judge's approval before it becomes an order. But in either case, the only way to stay the enforcement is to file objections within the time period allowed by statute.
If your attorney is on vacation, I would suggest you call the office and see if another attorney is covering such matters and can file the objections notice with the court within the time permitted.
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