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 trial, while giving leave to all parties to file dispositive motions.
In cases that appear more complex, following unsuccessful mediation, the Court will issue a case scheduling order which will set deadlines for discovery, discovery motions, and dispositive motions. The order will also set a pretrial and a trial date. The pretrial is generally scheduled on the day before the scheduled trial date.
Parties and counsel should appear for the pretrial and be prepared as set forth in Loc. R. 6.01. The pretrial will be conducted on the record.
Status conferences will be held only if requested by the parties or deemed necessary by the Court. This Court does not conduct conferences over the phone, but will accommodate an agreed request for a virtual conference over electronic media.
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 of one another. Counsel should request permission to approach the bench or a witness.
Motions & Briefs
Motions are to be submitted timely and served on opposing parties. A motion may be ruled on without oral hearing unless one is requested. Motions addressed to trial issues are to be submitted to the Court at least five business days before trial. A courtesy copy of such a motion should be delivered to the chambers the same day it is filed.