Charles E. Anderson et al v. ALCA, Inc.
MEMORANDUM Order Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 3/12/2013. Mailed notice by judge's staff. (srb,)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
CHARLES E. ANDERSON, et al.,
13 C 1595
For a number of reasons (staffing, budget and others), the
Clerk’s Office has recently changed its long-standing practice of
producing and delivering to each judge’s chambers a photocopy of
each newly-filed complaint assigned to that judge’s calendar.
That change has heightened the essentiality, for any judges who
continue to maintain chambers files containing paper copies of
the filings in each assigned case, of lawyers’ compliance with
this District Court’s LR 5.2(f), which mandates delivery to a
judge’s chambers of a “courtesy copy” of each such filing.1
prompt compliance with that LR is particularly important as to
new complaints and as to motions as well.2
Until the Clerk’s Office instituted the change referred
to in the first sentence of this paragraph of the text, this
Court had excepted the delivery of copies of newly-filed
complaints from its requirement that counsel comply with LR
5.2(f). Now counsel must promptly provide this Court with
courtesy copies of new complaints as well.
In the latter respect, it is both an obvious impediment
to this Court’s expeditious handling of motions and a consequent
discourtesy to opposing counsel when a lawyer shows up on this
Court’s daily motion call after having provided opposing counsel
It should be obvious that this Court’s receipt of a
complaint is the essential first step in the orderly maintenance
and management of its caseload--it enables this Court (1) to
review the complaint’s content, (2) to issue any sua sponte
opinion that may be called for, (3) to issue its customary
scheduling order that establishes an initial status hearing date
as well as the procedures to be followed before that date and
(4) to create a “bible sheet” for the looseleaf binder that this
Court maintains to reflect all aspects of the ongoing history of
As it is, the recent change in the Clerk’s Office
procedure has compelled this Court to screen all ECF-related
emails to ascertain what complaints have been filed without the
required delivery of courtesy copies to this Court.
This Court’s staff has long been meticulous in making a
record of every delivery to chambers (because of the regrettable
neglect of the LR 5.2(f) obligation on the part of too many
That record does not reflect receipt of the Judge’s
Copy of the complaint in this action.
Plaintiff’s counsel are
accordingly ordered to deliver a photocopy of the complaint to
this Court’s chambers on or before March 19, 2013.
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
March 12, 2013
but not the judge with a copy of a newly-filed motion in advance
of the date of its presentment.
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