Consent 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. One benefit is that magistrate judges generally have a more open calendar and will provide definite dates for trial, whereas Judge Hart uses a trailing trial calendar and provides as little as 3-5 days advance notice of the trial date. The court encourages counsel to inform their clients of the option of trial before a magistrate judge and to discuss it with opposing counsel.
Magistrate Judge Consent Form