Consent to Exercise of Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge
Judge Gilbert welcomes the parties' consent to his jurisdiction so that he may preside over the entire case pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c)(1), including ruling on dispositive motions and presiding over any trial whether bench or jury. Because Judge Gilbert does not try felony criminal cases, he generally is able to accommodate requests for firm trial dates in civil cases. Counsel are encouraged to discuss this option with their clients and opposing counsel in any case for which Judge Gilbert is the assigned Magistrate Judge. In accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 73(b)(1), Judge Gilbert is informed only if all parties agree to proceed before him on consent.
If all parties agree, they should execute a written Consent to Exercise of Jurisdiction by a United States Magistrate Judge. The Court's Executive Committee then will reassign the case to Judge Gilbert for all purposes. All named parties or their legal representatives must execute the consent form.
Magistrate Judge Consent Form