Braden v. Mountain Home School District et al
ORDER granting 9 Joint MOTION for Continuance and to Extend Deadlines. Further a revised Scheduling Order will be issued forthwith. Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on February 8, 2012. (lw)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
SCOTT BRADEN, as Parent and Next Friend of M
Case No. 3:10-CV-03118
MOUNTAIN HOME SCHOOL DISTRICT;
CHARLES SCRIBER, Individually and in
His Official Capacity as Superintendent;
DEBBIE ATKINSON, Individually and as Director
of Special Education; MICHELLE MCWILLIAMS,
Individually and in Her Official Capacity as Principal
of Pinkston Middle School; LINDA WHITE,
Individually and as Vice Principal of Pinkston Middle School;
and CASSIE FOWLER, Individually and in Her Official
Capacity as Teacher of the Alternative Learning Education Classroom
Currently before the Court is a Joint Motion for Continuance and to Extend Deadlines (Doc.
9). Counsel have informed the Court that neither party has conducted discovery in this case, despite
the fact that the Court’s Final Scheduling Order of June 13, 2011 (Doc. 7), was entered eight months
ago and set the deadline for close of discovery on January 12, 2012, and trial for the week of March
26, 2012. As both parties admit to disregarding the Court’s Scheduling Order, they now ask the
Court to set new discovery deadlines and a new trial date. Plaintiff’s counsel has represented to the
Court that a continuance is needed because her family member has experienced serious medical
problems; however, Plaintiff’s counsel has also represented to the Court that these medical problems
began impacting her law practice only recently, in December of 2011, not last summer when the
original Scheduling Order was issued in the case at bar.
Because both counsel, in disregarding the Court’s Scheduling Order, are unprepared for trial
of this matter on March 26, 2012, the Court hereby GRANTS the Motion for Continuance (Doc. 9)
and will issue a Revised Scheduling Order setting forth a new trial date and other deadlines. The
Court does not intend to grant any further continuances in this matter. If Plaintiff’s counsel is unable
to observe the deadlines set forth in the Court’s Revised Scheduling Order, the Court advises her to
locate other counsel to assist her or to consider non-suiting the case. The terms of the Revised
Scheduling Order will be enforced.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Joint Motion for Continuance and to Extend
Deadlines (Doc. 9) is GRANTED. A Revised Scheduling Order will be issued forthwith.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 8th day of February, 2012.
/s/P. K. Holmes, III
P.K. HOLMES, III
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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