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Motion Practice

Civil motions will be heard Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.

Criminal motions will be heard Wednesday, at 9:00 a.m.

The electronic filing of motions must be completed no later than the third business day preceding the day the motion is to be heard. On the date of filing, a courtesy (paper) copy of any electronically-filed document must be delivered to the Clerk’s Office drop-box next to the north elevator bank on the 20th Floor, OR to the drop-box located outside the office of Judge Lefkow’s Courtroom Deputy, Room 1932. Do not bring courtesy copies to chambers.

Joint, uncontested, and agreed motions

shall be so identified in the title and body of the motion. The court will attempt to rule on routine motions without requiring counsel to appear. After checking the website posting after 4:00 the day prior, if a motion is granted or a briefing schedule is entered, the movant should notify anyone else who would be appearing in court on the motion that an appearance is not required. Unless notified by telephone or by posting on the call sheet, counsel are expected to appear in court, even on an agreed motion.

All requests for extension of time must be made upon written motion and noticed for hearing

according to the procedures outlined above. Please do not call chambers or the Courtroom Deputy to request an extension of time to file a pleading.

Requests to set a hearing on an emergency motion must be made to the Courtroom Deputy with as much advance notice as possible. All reasonable efforts must be made to give actual notice to opposing counsel. Emergency motions must recite that the movant has made good faith efforts to resolve the emergency with opposing counsel or that despite good faith efforts the movant has been unable to resolve it, and the issue is of such a nature that a delay in hearing it would cause serious harm to a party in interest.

Motions to reconsider

should not be routinely filed and will be granted only in a narrow set of circumstances. See, for example, Whitten v. ARS Nat’l Servs., Inc., 2002 WL 1332001, at *1 (N.D.Ill. June 18, 2002).

Motion for Leave to Cite Additional Authority.  A motion for leave to cite additional authority made after briefing is closed shall be limited to the case title, its assigned number, the court, date of decision, the published citation or a slip copy, and an indication of the issue to which the movant believes the case pertains.  No comment on the significance of the decision or its interpretation may be made and no responsive comment is permitted unless the court so requests.




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