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Motion Practice


The Court hears civil motions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

The Court hears criminal motions on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

All motions must be filed no later than the third business day (excluding federal holidays and weekends) before the day the motion is to be heard. For example, absent a holiday, a motion filed on a Monday may be noticed for the upcoming Thursday.

Parties may also notice motions for the date and time of a scheduled status hearing in the case, so long as the three-day notice requirement is met.

Courtesy Copies

Courtesy copies of any motions, with the exception of agreed or unopposed motions, should be delivered to the Courtroom Deputy, Room 1932, within 24 hours of filing. Courtesy copies need not be delivered in an envelope unless the pleading contains under seal material. The Court prefers courtesy copies printed after a pleading is filed, with the CM/ECF header stamp on the document.

Motions for 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 must 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.

Joint, Agreed, and Uncontested Motions

Joint, uncontested and agreed motions should be so identified in both 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.

Other Requirements

Counsel should not respond to motions by correspondence with the Court.

The Court strongly encourages counsel to convert electronic filings created with word-processing software into .pdf documents by printing or publishing to .pdfs, rather than manually scanning paper copies into .pdfs. The former method of conversion generates searchable optical character recognition (OCR) text; the latter does not.

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