Horton v. Parsons et al

Filing 113

AMENDED PRETRIAL ORDER. Signed by Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley on 9/16/2022. Jury Selection reset for 10/24/2022 at 8:30 a.m. in San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. Jury Trial reset for 10/24/2022 to 10/28/2022 at 8:30 a.m. San Francisco, Courtroom 08, 19th Floor before Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley. (ahm, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 9/16/2022)

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1 2 3 4 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 5 NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 6 MICHAEL J. HORTON, 7 Case No. 17-cv-01915-JSC Plaintiff, 8 v. AMENDED PRETRIAL ORDER 9 PARSONS, et al., 10 Defendants. United States District Court Northern District of California 11 Following the Further Case Management Conference held on September 16, 2022, IT IS 12 13 ORDERED THAT: 14 I. A. 15 16 TRIAL DATE Jury trial will begin on October 24, 2022, at 8:30 a.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor, U.S. District Court, 450 Golden Gate, San Francisco, California. B. 17 The Court is expecting the length of the trial to not exceed 5 court days. Each side 18 will have 7.5 hours for direct and cross-examination, and 30 minutes for opening statements. The 19 Court will discuss time limits for closing arguments during trial. 20 IV. 21 22 23 24 25 PRETRIAL CONFERENCE A Final Pretrial Conference shall be held on October 19, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., in Courtroom 8, 19th Floor. Lead trial counsel for each party shall attend. Plaintiff need not attend. A. At least seven days prior to date of the Final Pretrial Conference the parties shall do the following: 1. In lieu of preparing a Joint Pretrial Conference Statement, the parties shall 26 meet and confer in person, and then prepare and file a jointly signed Proposed Final Pretrial Order 27 that contains: (a) a brief description of the substance of claims and defenses which remain to be 28 decided; (b) a statement of all relief sought; (c) all stipulated facts; (d) a joint exhibit list in 1 numerical order, including a brief description of the exhibit and Bates numbers, a blank column 2 for when it will be offered into evidence, a blank column for when it may be received into 3 evidence, and a blank column for any limitations on its use; and (e) each party’s separate witness 4 list for its case-in-chief witnesses (including those appearing by deposition), including, for all such 5 witnesses (other than party plaintiffs or defendants), a short statement of the substance of his/her 6 testimony and, separately, what, if any, non-cumulative testimony the witness will offer. For each 7 witness, state an hour/minute time estimate for the direct examination (only). Items (d) and (e) 8 should be submitted as appendices to the proposed order. The proposed order should also state 9 which issues, if any, are for the Court to decide, rather than the jury. United States District Court Northern District of California 10 2. File a joint set of proposed instructions on substantive issues of law 11 arranged in a logical sequence. If undisputed, an instruction shall be identified as “Stipulated 12 Instruction No. ____ Re ___________,” with the blanks filled in as appropriate. If disputed, each 13 version of the instruction shall be inserted together, back to back, in their logical place in the 14 overall sequence. Each such disputed instruction shall be identified as, for example, “Disputed 15 Instruction No. ____ Re ____________ Offered by _________________,” with the blanks filled 16 in as appropriate. All disputed versions of the same basic instruction shall bear the same number. 17 Any modifications to a form instruction must be plainly identified. If a party does not have a 18 counter version and simply contends that no such instruction in any version should be given, then 19 that party should so state (and explain why) on a separate page inserted in lieu of an alternate 20 version. With respect to form preliminary instructions, general instructions, or concluding 21 instructions, please simply cite to the numbers of the requested instructions in the current edition 22 of the Ninth Circuit Model Jury Instructions. Other than citing the numbers, the parties shall not 23 include preliminary, general, or concluding instructions in the packet. 24 25 26 27 28 3. File a separate memorandum of law in support of each party’s disputed instructions, if any, organized by instruction number. 4. File a joint set of proposed voir dire questions supplemented as necessary by separate requests. 5. File trial briefs on any controlling issues of law. 2 1 6. File proposed verdict forms, joint or separate. 2 7. File and serve any objections to exhibits. 3 8. File a joint simplified Statement of the Case to be read to the jury during 4 voir dire as part of the proposed jury instructions. Unless the case is extremely complex, this 5 statement should not exceed one page. B. United States District Court Northern District of California 6 Any motions in limine shall be submitted as follows: at least twenty (20) calendar 7 days before the conference, the moving party shall serve, but not file, the opening brief. At least 8 ten (10) calendar days before the conference, the responding party shall serve the opposition. 9 There will be no reply. When the oppositions are received, the moving party should collate the 10 motion and the opposition together, back-to-back, and then file the paired sets at least seven (7) 11 calendar days before the conference. Each motion should be presented in a separate memorandum 12 and properly identified, for example, “Plaintiff’s Motion in Limine No. 1 to Exclude . . . .” Each 13 party is limited to bringing five motions in limine. The parties are encouraged to stipulate where 14 possible, for example, as to the exclusion of witnesses from the courtroom. Each motion should 15 address a single, separate topic, and contain no more than seven pages of briefing per side. C. 16 Hard-copy courtesy copies of the above documents shall be delivered by NOON 17 the day after filing. The Joint Proposed Final Pretrial Order, jury instructions, and verdict form 18 shall be submitted via e-mail as attachments to JSCpo@cand.uscourts.gov. The Court requests that 19 all hard-copy submissions be three-hole-punched. 20 V. 21 PRETRIAL ARRANGEMENTS A. Should a daily transcript and/or real-time reporting be desired, the parties shall 22 make arrangements with Rick Duvall, Supervisor of the Court Reporting Services, at 23 (415) 522-2079, at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the trial date. 24 B. During trial, counsel may wish to use overhead projectors, laser-disk/computer 25 graphics, poster blow-ups, models, or specimens of devices. Equipment should be shared by all 26 counsel to the maximum extent possible. The Court provides no equipment other than an easel. 27 The United States Marshal requires a court order to allow equipment into the courthouse. For 28 electronic equipment, parties should be prepared to maintain the equipment or have a technician 3 1 handy at all times. The parties shall tape extension cords to the carpet for safety. The parties may 2 work with the deputy clerk, Ada Means (415-522-2015), on all courtroom-layout issues. SCHEDULING 3 4 5 earlier as needed, for any matters to be heard out of the presence of the jury. The jury will be 6 called at 8:30 a.m. 7 8 United States District Court Northern District of California Trial will be conducted from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Counsel must arrive by 8:15 a.m., or THE JURY In civil cases, there are no alternate jurors and the jury is generally selected as follows: 9 All of the potential jurors will have completed an online questionnaire which the parties will have 10 received in advance of trial. After the jurors are brought in to the courtroom, the Court will give 11 them general information about the case. Eighteen to twenty jurors are then called to fill the jury 12 box and the row in front of the bar, and are given numbers (1 through 20). The remaining 13 potential jurors will be seated in the public benches. Counsel may then conduct a limited voir 14 dire. Challenges for cause will then be addressed out of the presence of the potential jurors. The 15 Court will consider whether to fill in the seats of the stricken jurors. If so, questions will be asked 16 of the additional jurors and cause motions as to them will be considered. After a short recess, each 17 side may exercise its allotment of peremptory challenges out of the presence of the potential 18 jurors. The eight surviving the challenge process with the lowest numbers become the final jury. 19 For example, if the plaintiff strikes 1, 5, and 7 and the defendant strikes 2, 4, and 9, then 3, 6, 8, 20 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 become the final jury. Once the jury selection is completed, the jurors’ 21 names will be read again and they will be seated in the jury box and sworn. The Court may alter 22 this procedure in its discretion and after consultation with the parties. 23 WITNESSES 24 At the close of each trial day, all counsel shall exchange a list of witnesses for the 25 next two full court days and the exhibits that will be used during direct examination (other than 26 for impeachment of an adverse witness). Within 24 hours of such notice, all other counsel shall 27 provide any objections to such exhibits and shall provide a list of all exhibits to be used with the 28 same witness on cross-examination (other than for impeachment). The first notice shall be 4 1 exchanged prior to the first day of trial. All such notices shall be provided in writing. 2 EXHIBITS 3 4 Prior to the Final Pretrial Conference, counsel must meet and confer in person to 5 consider all exhibit numbers and objections and to eliminate duplicate exhibits and confusion over 6 the precise exhibit. 7 United States District Court Northern District of California A. B. Use numbers only, not letters, for exhibits, preferably the same numbers as were 8 used in depositions. Blocks of numbers should be assigned to fit the need of the case (e.g., 9 Plaintiff has 1 to 100, Defendant A has 101 to 200, Defendant B has 201 to 300, etc.). A single 10 exhibit should be marked only once. If the plaintiff has marked an exhibit, then the defendant 11 should not re-mark the exact document with another number. Different versions of the same 12 document, e.g., a copy with additional handwriting, must be treated as different exhibits with 13 different numbers. To avoid any party claiming “ownership” of an exhibit, all exhibits shall be 14 marked and referred to as “Trial Exhibit No. _____,” not as “Plaintiff’s Exhibit” or “Defendant’s 15 Exhibit.” 16 C. The exhibit tag shall be in the following form: 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Counsel preferably will make the tag up in a color that will stand out (yet still allow for 25 photocopying), but that is not essential. Place the tag on or near the lower right-hand corner or, if a 26 photograph, on the back. Counsel should fill in the tag but leave the last two spaces blank. The 27 parties must jointly prepare a single set of all trial exhibits that will be the official record set to be 28 5 1 used with the witnesses and on appeal. Each exhibit must be tagged, three-hole-punched, separated 2 with a label divider identifying the exhibit number, and placed in 3-ring binders. Spine labels 3 should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in the binders. Each set of exhibit binders 4 should be marked as “Original.” Deposit the exhibits with the deputy clerk seven (7) days before 5 the Pretrial Conference. 6 Counsel must consult with each other and with the deputy clerk at the end of each 7 trial day and compare notes as to which exhibits are in evidence and any limitations thereon. If 8 there are any differences, counsel should bring them promptly to the Court’s attention. 9 United States District Court Northern District of California D. E. The parties shall provide the Court with one official set of the record exhibits seven 10 (7) days before the Pretrial Conference. Each exhibit must be separated with a label divider 11 identifying the exhibit number. Spine labels should indicate the numbers of the exhibits that are in 12 the binders. At trial, the parties shall provide individual witness exhibit binders which contain all 13 the exhibits the parties expect to use with the witness. The parties shall provide two copies of each 14 witness binder: one for the witness and one for the Court. 15 16 17 F. Before the closing arguments, counsel must confer with the deputy clerk to make sure the exhibits in evidence are in good order. G. Exhibit notebooks for the jury will not be permitted without prior permission from 18 the Court. Publication must be by poster blow-up, overhead projection, or such other method as is 19 allowed in the circumstances. It is permissible to highlight, circle or underscore in the 20 enlargements as long as it is clear that it was not on the original. 21 CHARGING CONFERENCE 22 As the trial progresses and the evidence is heard, the Court will fashion a comprehensive 23 set of jury instructions to cover all issues actually being tried. Prior to the close of the evidence, 24 the Court will provide a draft final charge to the parties. After a reasonable period for review, one 25 or more charging conferences will be held at which each party may object to any passage, ask for 26 modifications, or ask for additions. Any instruction request must be renewed specifically at the 27 conference or it will be deemed waived, whether or not it was requested prior to trial. If, however, 28 a party still wishes to request an omitted instruction after reviewing the Court’s draft, then it must 6 1 affirmatively re-request it at the charging conference in order to give the Court a fair opportunity 2 to correct any error. Otherwise, as stated, the request will be deemed abandoned or waived. 3 4 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: September 16, 2022 ______________________________________ JACQUELINE SCOTT CORLEY United States District Judge 7 8 9 10 United States District Court Northern District of California 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 7 EXHIBIT A 1 BACKGROUND 2 3 4 5 6 HAVE EACH OF THE 20 PROSPECTIVE JURORS ANSWER ALOUD THE GENERAL BACKGROUND QUESTIONS ON THE SHEET THAT HAS BEEN HANDED OUT. 1. Please state your name: 2. Please state the city in which you live: 7 8 9 United States District Court Northern District of California 10 a. How long have you lived there? b. Where else have you lived in the past 5 years? 3. What is your current occupation? 11 a. How long have you been so employed? 12 b. What are your previous occupations, if any? 13 c. Have you or any member of your family been employed by a law firm? 14 4. Please give us the following information about your family: 15 16 17 a. Are you married? 1. If so, what is your spouse’s current occupation and by whom is your spouse employed? 18 b. Do you have any children? 19 20 21 If so: 1. How many? 2. What ages? 3. What are their occupations, if any? 22 5. Are there any other adults living in your household? 23 24 a. If so, how are they related to you, and what is their age and occupation? 25 26 27 28 8

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