Pretrial hearings are scheduled for all civil cases by the Assignment Office. Any additional pretrial hearings are scheduled by the Court.
Conferences are scheduled for all civil cases for discussion of the case, discovery, and complex issues. Civil counsel for the parties should have authority to act on behalf of their clients as it is not necessary that the actual litigants be present at the pretrial but should be available by telephone for consultations.
Counsel are required to confer before the hearing pursuant to Local Court Rule 6.01 and to make a sincere effort to settle the case and to agree on evidentiary matters about which there is no genuine dispute. Requests for telephone pretrials should be by motion and opposing parties must be contacted. The party requesting the continuance must initiate the conference call and contact the Court at the designated time. Pretrial statements must be provided according to Local Court Rule 6.01 at all second pretrials.
If parties feel that a settlement conference would help resolve the case, the Judge is more than willing to sit down with the parties or their counsel and try to effectuate a settlement to avoid protracted litigation.
Motions & Briefs
Motions must be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. Motions may be ruled on without oral hearing unless requested. All motions must be submitted to the court at least five (5) days before trial date. The Judge does not require extra copies.