The court will set cases for status approximately 60 days after the
filing of the complaint. Prior to the initial status conference the
parties will file a written joint status in the prescribed
format. See my Order Setting Initial
and Settlement Conferences
After the initial status and scheduling conference, the court may hold
scheduling and settlement conferences. Some of these may be held by
The court hears motions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:15 AM
Parties must comply with Judge Gettleman's REVISED
STANDING ORDER RE. MOTION PRACTICE, BRIEFS AND PROTECTIVE ORDERS IN
CIVIL CASES (Document Revised on 2/8/06)
Unless the court has told a party it need not appear, counsel is
expected to be present whether or not the motion is agreed. Counsel
should call (312) 435-5544 on the day prior to the date set for the
motion to see if appearance is necessary.
Motions and all related papers must be filed with Chambers and served
at least three working days prior to the date of the hearing of the
|Filing of Documents with Chambers
All documents filed electronically (except complaints) must be filed in chambers 1788 within one day of the electronic filing.
The court encourages the parties to work out discovery disputes and
discourages the filing of discovery motions. Discovery disputes are
normally resolved at a status call or a pretrial conference without
briefing. If the matter is not resolved, then the court will set a
briefing schedule, or refer the matter to a magistrate judge.
With regard to the filing of motions for discovery and production of
documents under Fed. R. Civ.
P. 26-37, the court will not hear or consider any discovery
motions unless the parties have complied with Local
In any motion for discovery or production of documents, the movant
shall state when and how the movant complied with Local
Rule 37.2. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the
imposition of sanctions. Most often the court will rule on these
motions after oral argument at the motion call and without briefing.
The court will also consider these motions at a status call or a
to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Too often litigants are unaware of the efficiencies to be gained by
having their cases tried before United States Magistrate Judges. The
court strongly encourages counsel to inform their
clients of this option, and to discuss it with opposing counsel.
Magistrate Judge Consent
STANDING ORDER FOR FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER,
SELECTION OF JURORS AND JURY INSTRUCTIONS FOR TRIALS
Rules of Conduct of Trials before Judge
|Submitting a Proposed Order, Agreed or Otherwise, for Electronic Entry by the Judge
Proposed Orders are technically not to be "filed." Rather, they are to be "submitted" to the judge to consider, to modify, if appropriate, and to enter electronically. For example, proposed orders such as stipulated protective orders require court approval before actually being given full effect. To prevent confusion, such proposed orders must be attached to an e-mail sent to the e-mail address of the assigned judge, Proposed_Order_Gettleman@ilnd.uscourts.gov The subject line of the e-mail must include the case number and name, the docket number of the corresponding motion, if any, and the title of the order that is proposed as indicated on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF). All such documents must be submitted to the court in a format compatible with WordPerfect, which is a "Save As" option in most word processing software. Such proposed orders should also be served on all parties.