Discovery requests and notices shall not be served without prior Court approval unless an emergency exists. Counsel will be required to justify claimed emergencies at the next scheduled court hearing. Prior Court approval for serving discovery requests should be sought at the initial status hearing.
A discovery cutoff date normally will be set during the initial status hearing. When the cutoff date is set, the parties should presume it is final. No extensions will be granted except under extraordinary circumstances.
Unless specifically agreed to by the parties or ordered by the Court in a given case, this Court "opts out" of the mandatory disclosure requirements of Rule 26(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
A. Deposition Rules
A separate standing order exists setting forth the Rules governing depositions. Copies are available in Chambers, Rm. 2146.
B. Video Deposition Rules
A separate standing order exists setting forth the Rules governing video depositions. Copies are available in Chambers, Rm. 2146.