Consent 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. Judge Cox encourages parties to consent to her jurisdiction which would allow her to resolve the entire case. Parties should read 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Fed. R. Civ. P. 73 regarding trial by consent. The Court strongly encourages counsel to inform their clients of this option, and to discuss it with opposing counsel.