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Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Christopher Coury << return to previous page
Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants Specific Requirements or Preferences All attorneys and litigants will be treated the same. Pro se litigants are expected to comply with all court rules.  
 
I do not communicate by email with attorneys. My staff may communicate with attorneys and their staff by email for scheduling purposes or if an electronic format of a submission is needed, to expedite review of certain documents (such as jury instructions), or in urgent situations or to send minute entries. If one of my staff members contacts you by email for scheduling, please respond promptly, even if it is just to acknowledge the email and estimate when you will be able to get respond substantively.
Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues Motion Practice Documents that are sent by facsimile or email to my division must be filed before they are sent, showing the clerk of the court stamp.  
 
Briefing requirements are as set forth in the rules except as modified by order.  
 
I will rule on pleadings without hearing or oral argument if the attorneys agree, but I may still require argument if there are factual issues on which I must make findings. My Judicial Assistant will schedule oral arguments once I determine whether or not to give an oral argument on each individual request received. Time limitations on oral argument will be set in advance and strictly enforced. At the start of oral argument, litigants should assume I have fully read and considered all briefs. Counsel should not rehash briefs during oral argument, but expound upon the same. Litigants should expect they will be asked questions arising from my review of the documents during oral argument.
Discovery or Disclosure Disputes and/or Sanctions Comprehensive Pretrial Orders set forth filing deadlines for motions. Motions should be filed within those deadlines.  
 
If discovery disputes arise, please alert my division about what the discovery dispute is at least 5 days in advance of a scheduled hearing. The expectation of the court is that parties make good faith, in person, efforts to resolve discovery disputes before requesting Court intervention. Discovery motions may be filed, but are discouraged, so long as the parties provide the Court of the nature of the dispute and the parties' respective positions.  
 
In appropriate situations, I will consider imposing sanctions.  
Other Pre-trial Practice Guidelines or Comments Morning criminal calendars will close promptly at 10:00 a.m.  
 
CPTCs generally will not be continued. Please be prepared to go forward with a CPTC at its first setting.  
 
Status conferences for a "possible change of plea" will not be set in advance. If a plea agreement has been signed and a change of plea setting is desired, counsel should contact my division, and a change of plea setting will be provided to you within a matter of days.  
 
If the Court has previously ordered that no further continuances will be granted, the parties should be prepared to go to trial as scheduled absent extraordinary circumstances.  
 
Trial Practice and Protocol Trial Schedule Trials will generally occur from 1:30 p.m. until 4:45 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. On some Tuesdays, the Court may add a morning trial session from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.  
 
JTOP runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Additionally, twice a month on Wednesdays, JTOP orientation calendars will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m.  
 
Joint Pre-Trial Memo and/or Conference; Exhibits and Objections Counsel should provide copies of the Joint Pretrial Statement at the time of the Final Trial Management Conference.  
 
For bench hearings and bench trials, please (a) provide bench copies of exhibits, (b) please have the bench copies three-hole punched, and (c) please have any exhibit exceeding ten pages in length Bates- numbered.  
 
Trial Practice and Procedure Please make sure that you set-up and test any technology you wish to use during trial. Delays in trial to set up technology are discouraged and, if we are running out of time allotted for trial, may not be allowed. Courtroom Etiquette Cell phones should be silenced in the courtroom and no taping of any sort is permitted within the courtroom.  
 
Appropriate attire is expected.  
 
Litigants and attorneys may have covered beverages (i.e. bottle of water with a top or a beverage in a travel mug), at counsel tables during hearings.  
 
Attorneys and litigants are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner when dealing with all court staff, be it by phone, email, in person or otherwise.  
Other Courtroom Policies and Recommendations Friday hearings are set times. The Court does not run a "calendar call" on Fridays.
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