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Motion Practice

Civil motions are heard on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 8:45 a.m.  Criminal Motions are heard on Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m.  Unless otherwise ordered by this Court, no motion may be noticed on a Monday or a Friday, even if there is a status hearing scheduled for that date. 

All electronically filed motions must be filed no later than the third business day preceding the day the motion is to be heard.  All motions (including joint or agreed motions) must be noticed for presentment pursuant to Local Rule 5.3(b) in order to be considered by this Court.  Presentment is not required, however, when a briefing schedule has already been set on the motion being filed.  Motions noticed for presentment after a scheduled status hearing may be addressed at that status hearing by agreement of the parties or at the Court’s discretion.  Motions for extension of time must be presented prior to the expiration of the deadline or demonstrate excusable neglect under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(b)(1)(B).

The Court requires courtesy copies of all substantive motions, including sentencing memorandums, and of any other motion with more than ten pages of exhibits attached.  Courtesy copies are to be delivered to Courtroom Deputy Robbie Hunt in room 1428 within 24 hours of filing.  Confirmation of receipt will not be available.  Courtesy copies need not be delivered in an envelope unless they contain materials that are under seal.

Joint, uncontested, or agreed motions should be so identified in the title and body of the motion.

Motions to extend a discovery cutoff date or to reset a trial date, whether uncontested or contested, must be in writing and will require a court appearance.

The Court will not entertain any motions that do not comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Local Rules, and this Court’s standing orders. 




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