The court will set cases for status within 60 days of the filing of
the complaint. At the initial status conference the parties will: 1)
inform the court of the nature and scope of the case, 2) identify
settlement opportunities, 3) set the initial discovery parameters, and
4) schedule future conferences and, when necessary, motions.
Exchange of Discovery
All Parties must adhere to the mandatory disclosure provisions of Rule
26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (see Local
and Settlement Conferences
After the initial status and scheduling conference, the court may hold
scheduling and settlement conferences. Some of these may be held by
The court hears motions on Friday (odd number
motions at 9:30 AM, even number motions at 10:30)
Unless the court has told a party it need not
appear, counsel is expected to be present whether or not the motion is
agreed. Counsel should call on the day prior to the date set for the
motion to see if appearance is necessary.
Motions must be filed with the central
clerk's office at least two working days prior to the date of the
hearing of the motion pursuant to Local
The court encourages the parties to work out discovery disputes and
discourages the filing of discovery motions. Discovery disputes are
normally resolved at a status call or a pretrial conference without
briefing. If the matter is not resolved, then the court will set a
With regard to the filing of motions for discovery and production
of documents under Fed. R.
Civ. P. 26-37, the court will not hear or consider any discovery
motions unless the parties have complied with Local
In any motion for discovery or production of documents, the movant
shall state when and how the movant complied with Local
Rule 37.2. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the
imposition of sanctions. Most often the court will rule on these
motions after oral argument at the motion call and without briefing.
The court will also consider these motions at a status call or a
to Proceed before a Magistrate Judge
Too often litigants are unaware of the efficiencies to be gained by
having their cases tried before United States Magistrate Judges. The
court strongly encourages counsel to inform their clients of this
option, and to discuss it with opposing counsel. Magistrate
Judge Consent Form
Briefs on appeal from the United States Bankruptcy Court must be filed
within 15 days of the entry of judgment by the Bankruptcy Court. Any
motions to extend time must be filed during the 15-day period. Briefs
are limited to 15 pages each.
|Submitting a Proposed Order, Agreed or Otherwise, for Electronic Entry by the Judge
Proposed Orders are technically not to be "filed." Rather, they are to be "submitted" to the judge to consider, to modify, if appropriate, and to enter electronically. For example, proposed orders such as stipulated protective orders require court approval before actually being given full effect. To prevent confusion, such proposed orders must be attached to an e-mail sent to the e-mail address of the assigned judge, Proposed_Order_Norgle@ilnd.uscourts.gov The subject line of the e-mail must include the case number and name, the docket number of the corresponding motion, if any, and the title of the order that is proposed as indicated on the Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF). All such documents must be submitted to the court in a format compatible with WordPerfect, which is a "Save As" option in most word processing software. Such proposed orders should also be served on all parties.