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Motion Practice

Electronic Filing

The Court strongly encourages counsel to convert any word-processed document into a .pdf document by printing or publishing to .pdf, rather than manually scanning a paper copy into .pdf. The former method of conversion generates searchable optical character recognition (OCR) text; the latter does not.

Extensions of Time

A party seeking an extension of time must contact all other parties in the case to determine whether they object to the extension. Any motion for extension of time should indicate whether it is the first or subsequent extension request, shall include the reasons for the request, any previous relief granted and whether any other party objects to the extension.


All motions must be filed no later than the third business day before the day the motion is to be heard. Motions must be noticed for a date certain and normally may be presented on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 9:00 a.m. Judge Tharp's main web page lists any dates on which he will not be available to hear motions.

Unopposed Motions

Joint, uncontested, and agreed motions must be so identified in the title and body of the motion. Unless the Court has told a party it need not appear, counsel for all parties to which the motion is directed are expected to be present whether or not the motion is opposed. After 4:00 p.m. on the afternoon prior to the hearing date, counsel should check the case docket to determine whether an appearance is necessary. Counsel also may call the courtroom deputy at that time to determine whether an appearance is required. If an appearance is not required, counsel for the movant is directed to notify the respondent(s) accordingly.

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