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Judges' Courtesy Copy Policy

Except for motions for leave to file excess pages, one "courtesy" or "chambers copy" of all motion papers, including responses and replies, and all accompanying exhibits must be submitted directly to the judge's chambers on paper.

The courtesy copy should be double-sided.

The first page of a plaintiff’s filing must be printed on pink paper. Correspondingly, the first page of a defendant’s filing must be printed on light-blue paper.

The first page of a filing shall have the (1) docket number and (2) date of the filing printed or otherwise written at the top of the page.

Any exhibits must be properly tabbed.

All papers must be firmly bound, usually along the left margin ("book-style" or spiral bound). Stapling is also acceptable, as long as the copy is firmly bound. Binder clips are not acceptable.

Good practice requires that in appropriate cases, relevant portions of lengthy documents be highlighted.

The chambers copy must be sent via first-class mail or hand delivered (to Judge Tarnow's attention) the same day the document is e-filed, unless it relates to a court proceeding scheduled within the next five days or otherwise requires the immediate attention of the Court, in which case the chambers copy must be hand-delivered to chambers not later than the morning of the next business day after the document is e-filed.

Revised August 19, 2009.


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