Brown v. Diversified Foods and Seasonings, Inc.
ORDER RE: TRIAL PREPARATION (CIVIL JURY TRIAL). Ordered by Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp. (JB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
CHARLETS E. BROWN,
DIVERSIFIED FOODS AND
CASE NO. 8:11CV322
ORDER RE: TRIAL PREPARATION
(CIVIL JURY TRIAL)
CIVIL TRIAL SCHEDULE:
This matter is scheduled for trial the week of February 18, 2013, and the first day of
trial will be Tuesday, February 19, 2013, subject only to the Court’s need to
commence any previously scheduled criminal trial in which a Speedy Trial Act
Motions to continue trial are referred to Magistrate Judge F.A. Gossett for decision.
Any motion to continue trial must be filed electronically, together with a supporting
affidavit, as soon as is practicable. The moving party shall send a proposed order
to Magistrate Judge Gossett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please notify my chambers immediately upon filing any pretrial motion requiring an
evidentiary hearing pursuant to Fed. R. Evid. 104 so that a hearing may be held
within sixty (60) days before trial. Absence of a request for an evidentiary hearing
may be deemed a waiver of such hearing. If the requested evidentiary hearing
involves a Daubert-Kumho question regarding an expert, the expert’s disclosure
under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2) must be submitted to my chambers when the motion
for the Rule 104 hearing is filed. All other material regarding a requested Rule 104
hearing must be submitted to my chambers when the motion for a Rule 104 hearing
is filed. Each party shall submit a brief regarding each question raised by a motion
requiring a Rule 104 hearing.
THE FOLLOWING MATERIAL MUST BE SUBMITTED NO LATER THAN
FIVE (5) WORKING DAYS BEFORE THE SCHEDULED DATE OF TRIAL.:
The following documents shall be filed electronically with the Clerk of the
Court: trial brief, proposed jury instructions and verdict form(s). If the exhibit
list and witness list were not incorporated into the final pretrial order, then
those documents also shall be electronically filed.
In addition, each party shall e-mail to my chambers
(email@example.com) in Word or Wordperfect format the proposed
jury instructions, verdict form(s), witness list, and exhibit list.
Use of discovery material as substantive evidence is controlled by the Pretrial Order
and the following requirements:
Proponent: The proponent of a deposition to be used at trial shall deliver a
copy of the deposition to my chambers. If less than the entire deposition will
be offered, the proponent shall deliver: (1) a list or index designating by page
and line(s) the testimony to be offered, and (2) a copy of the entire deposition
with highlighted parts to be offered.
Objections: A list or index of objections to another party’s designated
deposition testimony shall be delivered to my chambers and shall identify by
page and line the location of the objection and shall identify the precise
nature of the objection.
Proponent: Videotaped depositions shall be delivered to my chambers as
stated in the previous paragraph. The proponent shall provide a transcript
with the prospective testimony indexed and highlighted.
Objections: A list or index of objections to another party’s designated
videotaped testimony shall be delivered to my chambers. The court may
require editing of the video tape in response to pretrial rulings on objections.
Interrogatories and Requests for Admissions:
The format and requirements for use of, and objections to, deposition
testimony shall also apply to answers to interrogatories and requests for
admissions, including matters deemed admitted because unanswered. See
Fed. R. Civ. P. 36(a).
Exhibits shall be properly listed and identified on the exhibit form supplied by
the Clerk of Court’s Office, also available at the court website:
Each proponent of exhibits shall prepare a three-ring binder containing a
copy of each exhibit to be offered. The binder shall be organized by dividers
and tabs for quick retrieval of an exhibit during trial, and shall be delivered to
chambers no later than five (5) days before the scheduled date of trial.
Marking of Exhibits:
All exhibits must be pre-marked with stickers that indicate whether the
government, the plaintiff or the defendant is offering the exhibit. Plaintiff’s
exhibits will begin with number “1.” Defendant’s exhibits will begin with the
three-digit number rounded to the next hundred after plaintiff’s last exhibit.
A party’s witness list shall include the full name and address for each such
witness. Witnesses who do not appear to testify when scheduled will be
Rule 26 Disclosures and Reports:
If not previously received by the court regarding a Rule 104 hearing, each
party shall deliver to my chambers a copy of the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(2)
disclosures regarding that party’s expert witnesses identified in the Pretrial
Order. Any expert whose Rule 26 disclosure is not received by the court
within five (5) working days before trial, or earlier if requested by the court,
will be considered withdrawn.
REQUESTS FOR INTERPRETERS OR COURTROOM EQUIPMENT:
Please notify the courtroom deputy at least a week in advance if the services of an
interpreter will be required for a hearing or trial. Please notify the courtroom deputy
before trial if you request the use of the ELMO evidence presenter and also if you
need to schedule a time for training. More information is available on the web at
www.ned.uscourts.gov. Court Technology installed in Judge Smith Camp's
courtroom is as follows: a large flat screen television, attorney & witness screens
have annotation abilities, jury box has monitors for viewing evidence, two digital
document cameras, video conferencing, telephone conferencing, VCR/DVD player
(please check your file types), laptop hook ups in counsel tables, an easel and
headsets for the hearing impaired.
CONDUCT OF TRIAL:
I will meet with counsel in chambers at 8:30 a.m. on the first day of trial. Trial will
commence at 9:00 a.m. each day, unless otherwise ordered. The court will conduct
a general voir dire examination. Counsel may supplement, but not repeat, the
court’s voir dire examination. Any suggested questions for voir dire by the court
shall be delivered to my chambers. The court may impose a time limit on counsels’
voir dire. Examination of witnesses will be by direct, cross, and redirect
examination, but not recross unless authorized by the court.
By noon on the Friday before trial is scheduled to occur, counsel for all parties shall
contact chambers to receive instructions regarding how the court may be notified of
any settlement reached when the court is not open for business. It is the
responsibility of the counsel for all parties to notify the court immediately of any
settlement. If the court is not so notified, or if settlement is reached after a jury
panel is called to appear, costs may be assessed against the parties.
DATED this 22nd day of January, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/Laurie Smith Camp
United States District Judge
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