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Motion Practice



All motions must be filed no later than the third business day (excludes federal holidays and weekends) before the day the motion is to be heard. For examples, absent a holiday, (1) a motion filed on a Monday may be noticed for the upcoming Thursday; and (2) a motion filed on a Thursday may be noticed for the following Tuesday.


Courtesy copies


Generally, the Court does not require, or indeed even accept, courtesy copies. Courtesy copies are required, however, for any filing that has attached to it exhibits totaling 50 or more pages. Please deliver those copies to the courtroom deputy’s office (Room 2114). Courtesy copies need not be delivered in an envelope unless the pleading contains under seal material.


Electronic filing / OCR searchable text


With regard to CM/ECF filing, for any word-processed filing (e.g., briefs and memoranda), counsel shall convert the document into a .pdf document by printing or publishing to .pdf, rather than manually scanning a paper copy into .pdf, in order to generate searchable optical character recognition (OCR) text. For any filing of any kind (including exhibits in support of a motion or any Local Rule 56.1 Statement), counsel must run an OCR conversion on it before uploading it onto CM/ECF. To do this in Adobe, go to Tools, Text Recognition, In This File, and select All Pages. If you see the message, “Acrobat could not perform recognition (OCR) on this page because this page contains renderable text,” click “Ignore future errors in this document,” and click OK.


Other requirements


Before filing a motion, the movant’s counsel must ask opposing counsel whether there is an objection to the motion, and the motion must state that the conferral occurred, or if not, why not. If there is an objection, the movant must note that fact in the motion. Joint, uncontested, and agreed motions must be so identified in both the title and the body of the motion. Trial dates and discovery deadlines generally will not be reset except by written motion.


In addition to the 15-page limit on briefs, Local Rule 7.1, the Court applies the other format requirements of Local Rule 5.2(c) to electronically filed briefs. See Local Rule 5.2(c) for those page-size, font-size, margin, and spacing requirements.


Counsel shall not respond to motions by correspondence with the Court.


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