IHOP IP, LLC et al v. International House of Prayer et al
RULES OF TRIAL entered by Judge Nanette Laughrey. (Kanies, Renea)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE
WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
IHOP IP, LLC, et al.,
INTERNATIONAL HOUSE OF PRAYER, )
Case No. 11-00548-CV-W-NKL
RULES OF JURY TRIAL
The Court will conduct voir dire. At the conclusion of the Court's questioning,
and if time permits, counsel may be afforded an opportunity to pose follow-up questions to
Opening statements are limited to twenty (20) minutes for each side.
No visual aid or exhibit shall be used during an opening statement unless
opposing counsel has been shown the visual aid or exhibit and has agreed that the item may
be used during the opening statement.
The examination of each witness shall consist of: (1) direct examination;
(2) cross-examination; (3) redirect examination; and (4) recross-examination. No further
questioning will be permitted except by leave of Court in extraordinary circumstances.
The Court may place time limits on direct and cross-examination of all
witnesses. Cross-examination shall be no longer than direct. Redirect shall be no longer than
cross-examination, and recross-examination shall be no longer than redirect.
Only one (1) counsel per party may examine a witness. See Local Rule 83.3.
Counsel may approach the witness for any legitimate purpose without
requesting permission to do so. If a podium is provided, counsel may use it but are not
required to do so.
Counsel may question a witness from any reasonable place in the
courtroom except from a place that would intrude into the jury's space. No paper or object
shall be placed on the railing in front of the jury box or in a place where it could reasonably
be expected to be seen by the jury.
Except in unusual circumstances, counsel should stand when addressing the
Court or when examining the witness. See Local Rule 83.3.
Except in unusual circumstances, a witness should be allowed to complete an
answer. If the question calls for a "yes" or "no" answer, you may anticipate that the witness
will be allowed an opportunity to explain that answer.
When making an objection, counsel should say only "objection" plus the legal
reason for the objection, e.g., leading, hearsay, etc. If argument is needed, the Court will
request you to approach the bench. Bench conferences, however, are discouraged.
Visible reactions to the testimony of witnesses, counsels' presentations or to
the Court's rulings (such as facial or body gestures) are inappropriate.
Do not converse with your client or co-counsel in a manner that your
conversation may be heard by the Court or the jury.
The length of closing arguments will be established during the instruction
Instructions will be read to the jury before closing arguments. Each juror will
be given a copy of the instructions after closing arguments for use during deliberations.
After the jury retires, each side will assemble their exhibits and keep them
available in the courtroom. Counsel and their clients should remain in the courthouse and
advise the Court's staff where they will be located while the jury is deliberating.
After the jury is dismissed, each counsel must take possession of his/her
exhibits from the courtroom deputy and sign the receipt at the bottom of the exhibit list.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
s/ NANETTE K. LAUGHREY
NANETTE K. LAUGHREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: December 14, 2011
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