Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Randall Warner


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Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants

Specific Requirements or Preferences Welcome to Judge Warner's court. We are located in the East Court Building. Our address is 101 West Jefferson Street, Suite 414, Phoenix, Arizona 85003. Our division phone number is 602.372.2966.  
 
Michelle McBride is the Judicial Assistant and her email address is Michelle.McBride@jbazmc.maricopa.gov.  
 
Sydne Smith is the Courtroom Assistant (Bailiff) and her email address is Sydne.Smith@jbazmc.maricopa.gov.  
 
Unless otherwise ordered, all matters before Judge Warner we will be heard by audio/video conference using GoToMeeting. Instructions are below.

Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues

Motion Practice Judge Warner handles most motions through eFile, so lodging an electronic form of order is strongly encouraged.  
 
If a short extension of a response or reply time is granted, please email division staff. For longer extensions, or extensions that may affect court-ordered deadlines or hearings, please file a motion.
Other Pre-trial Practice Guidelines or Comments Because of the current health crisis, all matters before Judge Warner are being heard by video/audio conference using GoToMeeting unless otherwise ordered.  
 
Counsel are strongly urged to appear by video. Court hearings work better when the court and counsel can see each other.  
 
The instructions for accessing GoToMeeting are below. Please contact division staff with any questions.  
 
Public access to court hearings for people other than counsel and the parties is provided using the court's "Bridge Line." Call 602.506.9695 (or toll free 855.506.9695) and use collaboration code 572928.  
 
GoToMeeting Instructions:  
 
Judge Randall Warner, East Court Building  
 
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.  
 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/793701421  
 
You can also dial in using your phone.  
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)  
United States: +1 (646) 749-3122  
- One-touch: tel:+16467493122,793701421#  
Access Code: 793-701-421  
 
New to GoToMeeting? Get the app now and be ready when your first meeting starts:  
 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/install/793701421

Trial Practice and Protocol

Trial Schedule Due to the health crisis, civil jury trials are not being held at this time, and it is unknown when they will resume. By law the Superior Court is required to give precedence to criminal jury trials, which have also been delayed. Unfortunately, this is delaying the resolution of many civil cases.  
 
Judge Warner is able to conduct video bench trials using GoToMeeting, and counsel are encouraged to consider a bench trial in appropriate cases. Judge Warner is also open to other means of dispute resolution while we wait for jury trials to resume. If you wish to discuss a bench trial or other methods of dispute resolution, please file a request for a status conference.
Trial Practice and Procedure Because all hearings are currently being handled via audio/video conference, it is essentially that all exhibits to be used at trial are provided to the court and all counsel in digital format (such as PDF) in advance of trial. The Clerk's office is accepting electronic exhibits for marking in advance of trial. Please contact the division with any questions. Courtroom Etiquette Video/audio hearings can be awkward at first, but they work well once everyone becomes accustomed to their rhythm and etiquette.  
 
At the start of a hearing, please do not speak until you hear the Judge. Sometimes a hearing hasn't started yet, and you may hear nothing. Sometimes the Judge is conducting another hearing that you would be interrupting. And remember, in a video/audio format like GoToMeeting, just because you can't see or hear other people doesn't mean they can't see and hear you. Act accordingly.  
 
Once the hearing starts, please do not speak until the Judge calls on you, and do not speak over other participants. That makes it very difficult to be heard.  
 
This is why using video is far better than audio alone. Using video, you can see whether the hearing has started, and you can use non-verbal cues (like raising your hand) to signal to the Judge that you would like to speak.  
 
If during a hearing you are not sure if you're being seen or heard, email Courtroom Assistant Sydne Smith (address above), who monitors court hearings and is in communication with Judge Warner during them.
Other Courtroom Policies and Recommendations Do not email the judge directly regarding a case, even if you copy all counsel on the email. If you need to communicate with the division, please contact staff at the above email addresses.