Brown v. City of Oakland et al

Filing 108


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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 SAN FRANCISCO DIVISION 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 8 NO. C 08-03972 JW LaRae Brown, 12 FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER; ORDER REFERRING PARTIES TO MAGISTRATE JUDGE CORLEY FOR SETTLEMENT CONFERENCE Plaintiff, v. 13 City of Oakland, et al., 14 Defendants. 15 / 16 The parties in the above-entitled case held a Pretrial Conference on November 21, 2011. 17 Counsel for all parties were present. Pursuant to the discussion held at the Pretrial Conference, the 18 Court ORDERS the following: 19 (1) The Court REFERS the parties to Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley for a 20 Settlement Conference. On or before November 22, 2011, the parties shall contact 21 Judge Corley’s chambers to schedule a Settlement Conference in accordance with 22 Judge Corley’s schedule. 23 (2) 24 25 26 27 28 The trial schedule is set as follows: 1 TRIAL SCHEDULE 2 Jury Selection December 6, 2011 at 9 a.m. 3 6 Session 1 Sessions 2-3 Session 4 Session 5 Sessions 6-9 Sessions 10-11 Session 12 December 6, 2011, 1-4 p.m. December 7, 2011, 9-12 noon & 1-4 p.m. December 8, 2011, 9-12 noon December 9, 2011, 9-12 noon December 13-14, 2011, 9-12 noon & 1-4 p.m. December 16, 2011, 9-12 noon & 1-4 p.m. December 19, 2011, 9-12 noon 7 Argue & Submit December 20, 2011 at 9 a.m. 8 Jury Deliberations December 20-22, 2011, if necessary 4 5 9 Jury Selection 10 duration of the case and ask any panel member to identify himself or herself if, due to the nature or For the Northern District of California United States District Court 1. The entire panel will be sworn. The Court will inform the panel of the nature and 11 12 duration of the case or any physical or personal problem, service would impose an extreme hardship. 13 The Court will examine panel members claiming hardship and issue appropriate excuses. 14 2. The Clerk will call the names of all prospective jurors. Fourteen jurors will be seated in 15 the jury box, and the others will be seated in the courtroom in the order in which their names are 16 called. 17 3. The Court will conduct voir dire of the prospective jurors, including any Court-approved 18 questions which have been previously submitted by counsel. 19 4. After the Court has completed voir dire, counsel shall ask for permission to approach the 20 bench to inform the Court if counsel wish to challenge a particular juror or jurors for cause. If 21 counsel wish to challenge for cause, the Court will determine a procedure for hearing the challenge. 22 If parties do not indicate a desire to make legal challenges, the jury panel is deemed passed for 23 cause, and the parties will be allowed to exercise any peremptory challenges. 24 5. Parties are required to responsively indicate any peremptory challenges. In multiple party 25 cases, counsel are directed to elect and designate one of their number as "lead" counsel for the 26 purpose of exercising joint challenges. The first 8 prospective jurors remaining after exercise of 27 28 2 1 challenges shall be seated as jurors. If more than 8 jurors are to be chosen pursuant to Rule 48, 2 Fed.R.Civ.P., prior to jury selection, the Court will advise the parties of the number of jurors to be 3 chosen and the number of additional peremptory challenges to be allowed. For cases where eight (8) 4 jurors are impaneled, each side (individually or jointly) will be allowed four (4) peremptory 5 challenges. 6 6. Before the remaining panel is excused, the Court will ask counsel if there is any legal 7 cause why the panel should not be sworn as the jury for the case. If a party should indicate a desire 8 to state legal cause, the Court will determine a time and procedure for ruling on those objections. 9 Any objections not stated are deemed waived. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 Exhibits 7. On the day before the first day of trial, each party shall lodge with Chambers an exhibit binder for the Court. 13 8. Unless otherwise ordered, all exhibits shall be in a format compatible with either the 14 video or digital evidence presentation system utilized by the Court for display after it is received into 15 evidence. 16 9. The parties are encouraged to stipulate to the admission into evidence of all exhibits. If 17 the parties stipulate to admissibility, the parties shall indicate, "I am going to show you Exhibit __, 18 which is in evidence by stipulation." The exhibit may be shown to the witness and the trier of fact 19 without being formally offered into evidence. 20 21 22 10. The proffering party shall retain custody of all exhibits, schedules, summaries, diagrams or charts to be used at the trial. Trial Procedure 23 11. In opening statements and in arguments to the jury, counsel shall not express personal 24 knowledge or opinion concerning any matter in issue; and shall not suggest to the jury directly or 25 indirectly, that it may or should request transcripts or the reading of any testimony by the reporter. 26 27 28 12. Counsel must question witnesses from the podium, using the microphone. Without requesting permission, counsel may approach witnesses for any proper purposes. 3 1 13. Address all remarks to the Court, not to opposing counsel. 2 14. Refer to all persons, including witnesses, other counsel and the parties by their surnames 3 4 5 and not by their first or given names. 15. No demonstrative exhibits, charts, diagrams or enlargements shall be placed within sight of the jury unless previously disclosed to opposing counsel. 6 16. In examining a witness, counsel shall not repeat or echo the answer given by the witness. 7 17. Counsel must stand when making an objection. Arguments on points of law or 8 evidentiary matters shall be made out of the presence of the jury. Thus, when objections or 9 responses to objections are made, only the legal basis of the objections and responses may be stated. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 18. Offers of, or requests for, a stipulation should be made privately, not within the hearing of the jury. 19. Conferences at the bench or sidebar are not favored by the Court. Counsel are 13 responsible for bringing any matters which require hearing out of the presence of the jury to the 14 attention of the Court during a time when the jury is not in session. Any sidebar conferences which 15 are allowed will be off the record. If any counsel wishes to place matters on the record, he or she 16 may so request, and the Court will make a responsive order. 17 20. Counsel have full responsibility to arrange for the appearance of witnesses during the 18 presentation of their case so as to eliminate delay caused by waiting for witnesses who have been 19 placed on call by counsel. 20 21. Unless an agreement to the contrary is entered into by opposing counsel, all nonparty or 21 nonexpert witnesses will be excluded from the courtroom when not testifying. When a witness has 22 completed his or her testimony, the witness is excused unless counsel indicates that he or she wishes 23 the witness to remain subject to being recalled. Any witness who has been excused from further 24 testimony may remain as a spectator. It will be the responsibility of counsel to make an 25 announcement at the time the witness steps down that he or she should remain in the environs of the 26 Court for a reasonable time to permit such counsel an opportunity to secure and serve a subpoena 27 28 4 1 upon the witness and assume responsibility for his or her per diem and other expenses as provided 2 by governing rule or statute. 3 22. Counsel shall admonish all persons at counsel table that gestures, facial expressions, 4 audible comments, or the like, as manifestations of approval or disapproval during the testimony of 5 witnesses, or at any other time, are prohibited. 6 23. Counsel should never, in the presence of the jury, ask the Court reporter to mark or flag 7 a witness's answer to a particular question. Instead, make a note of the time and subject matter of 8 the testimony you want marked, and inform the reporter unobtrusively at the next recess. This is to 9 avoid the use of "marking" as a device for attracting the jury's attention to certain testimony. 24. Witness examination shall consist of direct examination, cross-examination and re-direct 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 examination. No recross-examination will be allowed without prior approval of the Court 12 specifically indicating the area for recross-examination. When there are multiple defense counsel, 13 they are directed to confer and designate to the Court the sequence in which they wish to be 14 recognized during trial for purposes of presenting opening statements and conducting cross- 15 examination of witnesses. If one counsel conducts the direct examination of a witness, that same 16 counsel must make objections when the witness is cross-examined. Counsel who will conduct the 17 cross-examination should object while the witness is on direct. 18 25. From and after the moment the case is called for trial, any objection, motion or other 19 application for relief made by any defense counsel, orally or in writing, shall be deemed to be 20 adopted and joined in by every other defendant, without announcement by counsel to that effect, and 21 the rulings of the Court shall be deemed applicable to each defendant unless otherwise stated at the 22 time the ruling is made. Accordingly, it shall be regarded as unnecessary and improper for counsel 23 to rise to "join in" an objection or motion. Rather, counsel should rise to be heard only for the 24 purpose of expressly opting out of an objection or motion if that is his or her position. 25 26 26. Counsel are directed to deliver to opposing counsel at the end of each trial day (if not earlier) a list of witnesses counsel anticipates calling the next trial day. 27 28 5 1 27. Counsel calling a non-client witness to testify should have no further discussions with 2 that witness concerning the case or any aspect of his or her testimony after the witness has been 3 tendered for cross-examination and until such time as the witness has been tendered back for redirect 4 examination. At all other times, within the bounds of governing ethics and the law, counsel may 5 engage in discussions with witnesses during trial. 6 28. Counsel are directed to schedule any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury 7 at a time other than that set for the presentation of evidence. Any time taken away from presentation 8 of evidence to the trier of fact due to, for example, lengthy legal motions made during the time 9 allocated to the presentation of evidence, or delays in the commencement of proceedings due to circumstances within the control of counsel, will be deducted from the time allocated for the 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 presentation of evidence. Upon timely application based upon good cause, the Court may relieve a 12 party of its stipulation to the agreed schedule. 13 29. It is the practice of the Court periodically to inform counsel of the Court's record of how 14 much time each side has remaining for the presentation of evidence based upon the stipulated trial 15 schedule. 16 30. In an effort to heighten juror comprehension and to sharpen the issues in dispute, after 17 each witness has been excused, counsel may request permission to address the jury for purposes of 18 commenting on the significance of the evidence. Commentary shall be limited to 5 minutes for each 19 party. Commentary shall be opened by the side calling the witness (unless waived) and closed by 20 the side cross-examining the witness. No rebuttal to commentary shall be allowed. Commentary 21 must conform to the rules of evidence with respect to closing argument. Counsel are cautioned to 22 avoid any appearance of stating principles of law which apply to the case or expressing any personal 23 opinion concerning the credibility of witnesses. Time taken for commentary shall be deducted from 24 the time allocated to each side for the presentation of evidence. 25 Instructing the Jury 26 31. The Court pre-instructs the jury as to preliminary matters immediately before opening 27 statements, and finally instructs before arguments of counsel. Written instructions are provided to 28 the jury upon retiring for deliberation. 6 1 2 Jury Deliberations 32. Counsel and litigants are not required to remain in the courtroom during jury 3 deliberations; however, it is counsel's responsibility to keep the clerk fully informed as to counsel's 4 whereabouts at all times, including the noon hour. Counsel are expected to return to the courtroom 5 within five minutes after being notified to do so. Failure to be available will be deemed waiver of 6 the right to be present. 7 33. The jury will be permitted to take a noon recess or other rest breaks without the 8 necessity of reconvening, and to retire for the evening and resume their deliberations the next 9 morning without reconvening. 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 Daily Trial Transcript 34. Any counsel desiring daily or expedited transcripts during trial should make immediate 12 arrangements with the court reporter and should inform the Court and other counsel of such 13 intentions. 14 15 Dated: November 21, 2011 JAMES WARE United States District Chief Judge 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7 1 THIS IS TO CERTIFY THAT COPIES OF THIS ORDER HAVE BEEN DELIVERED TO: 2 Celia M. Ruiz Gary T. Lafayette John L. Burris Jonathan David Martin Michael Jamie Eng Sasha Lankarani 3 4 5 6 Dated: November 21, 2011 Richard W. Wieking, Clerk 7 By: 8 9 11 For the Northern District of California United States District Court 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 /s/ JW Chambers Susan Imbriani Courtroom Deputy

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