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Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Lori Bustamante << return to previous page
Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants Specific Requirements or Preferences (1) Be prepared.  
(2) Be prompt.  
(3) Be polite.  
Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues Motion Practice • E-file all pleadings.  
 
• Provide a proposed order, when applicable, in WORD format. Do not use the heading "proposed" in your order. Do not use strikethrough format for the Orders - they should be in final format.  
 
• Motions should be concise and include citations to relevant authority.  
 
Discovery or Disclosure Disputes and/or Sanctions • Parties should speak directly with one another PRIOR to getting the court involved in a discovery dispute. Once efforts to resolve the dispute have been exhausted, e-mail my Judicial Assistant, Brian Stone, at stoneb@superiorcourt.maricopa.gov or contact him at (602)506-0423. Each party will likely be directed to e-mail Brian with a brief explanation of the dispute and suggested course of action. Each side should cc the other side. Please keep in mind that the court will only proceed in this manner if all parties agree to do so. If everyone is not in agreement to proceed in the manner described, you will need to file whatever motion you find to be appropriate under the circumstances.  
 
Other Pre-trial Practice Guidelines or Comments • If you are filing a Motion and requesting expedited consideration, please include that information in the heading of your Motion. In addition, communicate with the other side and place their position in your Motion.  
 
• If you need a continuance, contact the other party to see if you can file a Stipulation.  
 
• It is expected that the parties will participate in some form of alternative dispute resolution prior to the court scheduling trial.  
Trial Practice and Protocol Trial Schedule Each side will have 1/2 the time allotted for trial. If a trial is scheduled for 3 hours, we will take a short break approximately 1/2 way through the trial. Joint Pre-Trial Memo and/or Conference; Exhibits and Objections • Parties should deliver and mark their exhibits according to the instructions in the minute entry. If there are numerous exhibits, please provide those exhibits sooner than requested so the Clerk will have enough time to mark all of the exhbits.  
 
• Meet and confer regarding stipulating to exhibits prior to the trial.  
 
. Any objections to exhibits will be ruled upon at the time of trial.
Trial Practice and Procedure • Attorneys do not need to be at the podium when they are speaking. Attorneys may sit at counsel table or stand wherever they feel most comfortable. Keep in mind that the proceedings are being recorded and you need to be close to a microphone.  
 
• Ask to approach a witness and then step back when they are responding to your question(s).  
 
• If you have an objection, state the basic reason for the objection. For example: relevance, foundation, lack of disclosure, etc. Speaking objections are highly discouraged. If I want a response to the objection, I will ask for one.  
Courtroom Etiquette • I have no problem with people using electronic devices in the courtroom as long as they are silenced and not disruptive.  
 
• Conversations may occur while court is in session and that is okay as long as voices are kept low.  
 
• Everyone is expected to be respectful and professional to staff members, parties, witnesses and opposing counsel.  
Other Courtroom Policies and Recommendations • If all the parties are present and ready to proceed, we will take matters early if we do not have another proceeding.  
 
• The "FTR" audio/video recording system is used in every hearing.  
 
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