Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Judge Weisman 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. Because Judge Weisman does not have to manage a felony criminal trial docket, he generally is able to accommodate requests for firm trial dates. Parties are encouraged to discuss this option with their clients and opposing counsel. In accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 73(b)(1), Judge Weisman should be informed only if all parties agree to proceed before him on consent.
Additionally, parties are encouraged to consider Local Rule 73.1(d), which allows the parties to consent to the transfer “of part of a proceeding to a magistrate judge to act pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §636(c).” Such consents allow portions of a case to be handled by the assigned magistrate judge with the consent of the assigned district court judge.
Magistrate Judge Consent Form