The Court uses a two-month trailing docket. The Court will allow adjournments of a trial date only upon extenuating circumstances. Upon learning of a conflict in trial dates, the attorney should immediately call the Court Clerk and explain the situation. The Court will generally not require another member of an attorney's firm to handle the trial in the event of a conflict.
All exhibits must be listed in the joint final pretrial order and exchanged prior to trial. At the pretrial conference, each party will be assigned the numbers to be used for exhibits. Parties are encouraged to use a bench book of exhibits in non-jury cases. During trial, the Court Reporter retains custody of the exhibits. After trial pending appeal, the parties retain custody of the exhibits.
The Court encourages the exchange of trial briefs prior to trial. All motions in limine are to be incorporated into the joint final pretrial order and raised at the conference.
Motions in limine must be filed PRIOR to the pretrial conference unless basis for the motion is unknown at that time. Motions in limine are generally scheduled to be heard, if possible, prior to trial. If counsel becomes aware of the need for a motion in limine after the pretrial conference, opposing counsel and the Court should be notified immediately so that such a motion can be resolved before the trial date.
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