The parties can and should resolve most discovery disputes on their own. If a discovery motion is filed, the parties will be required to orally argue for and against the motion when presented. The court will often decide discovery motions after the oral arguments without briefing. As such, the parties must be prepared and ready to argue the merits of the discovery issues in dispute.
The court will not hear or consider any discovery motion unless the parties have complied with the meet and confer requirement of Local Rule 37.2.
Discovery motions must state with specificity when and how the parties complied with L.R. 37.2. Compliance with L.R. 37.2 requires the moving party to exercise good faith effort to resolve the discovery disputes in person or by phone. The mere exchange of letters will not be sufficient to comply with L.R. 37.2. The non-moving party must also exercise good faith effort and respond to the moving party’s request to meet and confer in person or by phone.