Beckway v. DeShong et al

Filing 265

TRIAL RULES AND PROCEDURES. Signed by Judge Thelton Henderson on 1/10/2012. (tehlc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/10/2012)

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1 2 3 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 4 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 5 6 7 BRENT BECKWAY, Plaintiff, 8 NO. C07-5072 TEH v. 9 TRIAL RULES AND PROCEDURES Defendants. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 DEPUTY PAUL DESHONG, et al., 12 13 To ensure the orderly and efficient presentation of evidence at trial, the parties shall 14 adhere to the following rules and procedures unless specifically ordered otherwise by the 15 Court. 16 17 1. EXHIBITS 18 Before the first witness is called to testify, the parties shall identify and provide to the 19 Court a list of all exhibits to which there is no objection regarding their admission into 20 evidence. Such exhibits shall then be formally admitted into evidence at that time. When the 21 Court recesses each day, counsel shall inform opposing counsel of which exhibits, if any, 22 they intend to introduce during the next trial day. If any such exhibits are still objected to, 23 counsel shall immediately notify the Court. The Court will then schedule a conference to 24 resolve the dispute. 25 26 2. WITNESSES 27 (a) Counsel are expected to have sufficient witnesses ready to testify each trial day. In 28 cases where the parties have been allocated a specific amount of trial time, any delays caused 1 by the failure to have sufficient witnesses ready shall be counted toward that party’s 2 allocated time. Counsel are expected to cooperate with each other in the scheduling and 3 production of witnesses. Witnesses may be taken out of order if necessary. Every effort 4 should be made to avoid calling a witness twice (as an adverse witness and later as a party’s 5 witness). 6 (b) Only one lawyer for each party may examine any single witness. 7 (c) If a witness is testifying at the time of a recess or adjournment and has not been 8 excused, the witness shall be seated back on the stand when the Court reconvenes. If a new 9 witness is to be called immediately following recess or adjournment, the witness should be 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 seated in the front row, ready to be sworn in. (d) Counsel shall refrain from eliciting testimony regarding undisputed facts set forth 12 in the parties’ joint pretrial conference statement. If the case is being tried before a jury, the 13 Court may read to the jury such undisputed facts at appropriate points in the trial. 14 (e) Counsel are instructed to have their witnesses review, prior to taking the stand, all 15 exhibits the counsel intends to question the witness about during direct examination. 16 (f) Immediately before each new witness takes the stand, counsel calling the witness 17 shall place on the witness stand a clearly marked copy of each exhibit that counsel expects to 18 have the witness refer to during his or her direct examination. Immediately before beginning 19 cross-examination, counsel conducting cross-examination shall do the same with any 20 additional exhibits to be referenced on cross. 21 (g) The deposition of an adverse party may be used for any purpose. It is 22 unnecessary to ask the witness if s/he “recalls” it or otherwise lay a foundation. Counsel 23 need only identify the deposition and page and line numbers and read the relevant portion. 24 Opposing counsel may then immediately ask to read any additional testimony that is 25 necessary to complete the context. 26 (h) The deposition of a non-party witness may be used for impeachment or if the 27 witness has been shown to be unavailable. For impeachment, counsel shall first allow the 28 witness to read to him- or herself the designated portion; then ask simply if the witness gave 2 1 that testimony; and then read the testimony into the record. Opposing counsel may 2 immediately ask to read additional testimony that is necessary to complete the context. If a 3 deposition is introduced because a witness is unavailable, counsel shall offer only relevant 4 portions of the deposition and may not offer the deposition wholesale. 5 (i) When the Court recesses each day, counsel shall inform opposing counsel of 6 which witnesses they intend to call during the next trial day. 7 8 3. OBJECTIONS 9 To make an objection, counsel shall rise, say “objection,” and briefly state the legal 11 argument from either counsel unless requested by the Court. For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 ground (e.g., “hearsay” or “irrelevant”). There shall be no “speaking objections” or 12 13 4. SIDEBARS 14 Bench conferences, or the equivalent of “sidebars,” will not be permitted absent truly 15 extenuating circumstances. Disputes regarding exhibits shall be resolved as set forth in 16 paragraph 1 above. Any other disputes or problems should be addressed either before the 17 trial day commences, at the end of the trial day, or during a recess, if necessary. 18 19 IT IS SO ORDERED. 20 21 Dated: 1/10/12 22 THELTON E. HENDERSON, JUDGE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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