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All oral motions are heard on Mondays at 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.  Call the Clerk of the 55th for an assignment.  The Clerk will also let counsel know whether motions will be by submission or oral hearing.  Motions set for submission are also set at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays.  The Court will, in almost all circumstances, rule on motions set for submission by Friday of the week the motion is submitted.  If you have not recived a ruling by the second Friday after submission, please call the Clerk of the 55th.  WHETHER ORAL OR SUBMISSION, FILE AND SERVE THE APPROPRIATE NOTICE OF HEARING.

All motions and responses must have proposed orders.

The Court does not need a courtesy copy of any filed motion.

Docket Call for trials is held on Monday one week before the trial setting at 11:00 a.m.  The only things we will discuss at Docket Call is the length of trial and when your trial will likely start.  We will make every effort to give you a good idea when your case will start. 

Pre-Trial Conferences are usually held on the morning of the trial.  We will request a jury panel the morning trial starts.  They usually arrive at 9:30 a.m. giving us little time to discuss pre-trial matters.  If the parties believe it will take more than 30 minutes to do those things listed below, let us know at Docket Call and other arrangments will be made for the week between Docket Call and the trial.

At the Pre-trial Conference be prepared to discuss the following items (please see the Standing Pre-Trial Order):

1.   Trial Exhibits.  Each party shall prepare and bring two extra copies of their exhibit list (one for the judge and one for the Court Reporter).  Be prepared to discuss which of your opponents' exhibits you do and do not object to.  I will rule on the objections before trial begins.

2.   Video Depositions.  Be prepared to discuss offers and objections.

3.   Proposed Jury Charge.  While we will have formal and informal jury charge hearings as the trial progresses, please bring your proposed jury charge to the Pre-Trial Conference on a CD or jump drive so I can begin reviewing it during the trial.

4.  Motions in Limine.  The Court does not require a Motion which states that everyone will follow the rules of evidence.  Present only those items special to your case.  Be prepared to discuss what you do and do not agree upon. 

5.  Law Briefs and Cases.  Please brief and/or bring cases on unusual legal and evidentary issues.




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