|General||It is the obligation of the court to do justice in an efficient manner. Counsel should have sufficient time to investigate and prepare their cases. At the same time, the court anticipates that counsel will proceed in a timely fashion. Requests for continuances of scheduled hearings shall be made consistent with Loc. R. 3.26, particularly with respect to consulting with the opposing counsel or party.|
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.
In cases that appear more complex, the court will issue a case scheduling order which will set deadlines for dispositive motions and schedule a pre-trial and a trial date. The pre-trial is generally scheduled on the day before the scheduled trial date. Parties and counsel should appear for the pre-trial and be prepared as set forth in the Loc. R. 6.01. The pre-trial will be conducted on the record.
The judge is to be consulted on all in-court requests to continue a scheduled pre-trial to another date.
Consistent with Crim. R. 16(M) the court will permit the filing of discovery demands within forty-five days after arraignment or seven days before trial, whichever is earlier.
Pre-trial motions, as set forth in Crim. R. 12(C) shall be made within fifty-five days after arraignment, twenty-one days after pre-trial or seven days before trial, whichever is earlier.
The court will entertain requests for warrant set-asides only in the presence of the defendant and the prosecutor.
The court will entertain motions for bond modification only on the record, in open court and with notice to the prosecutor.
The court does not limit the time devoted to voir dire, to opening statements or to closing arguments, in the belief that wise and experienced trial counsel have no interest in irritating jurors or prospective jurors, or in putting them to sleep during the trial.
During voir dire, the court will call counsel to the bench, on the record but out of the hearing of the jury, to exercise challenges for cause and peremptory challenges. The court calls the first ten prospective jurors to the jury box for voir dire, so that counsel can have some additional information prior to exercising peremptory challenges.