For most civil cases, the Court will refer the case for mediation shortly after it is assigned. If mediation is unsuccessful, the Court will generally set the case for pretrial.
Proper courtroom etiquette is to be observed. Everyone is to be treated in a respectful and courteous manner. The Court expects litigants, counsel and witnesses to be respectful to one another. Counsel should request permission to approach the bench or a witness.
Status conferences will be held only if requested by the parties or deemed necessary by the Court.
Motions & Briefs
Motions are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. A motion may be ruled on without an oral hearing unless one is requested. Motions addressed to trial issues are to be submitted to the Court at least five (5) business days before trial. A courtesy copy of such a motion should be delivered to the chambers the same day it is filed.