Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Commissioner John Doody
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Pre-Trial Practice and Management IssuesMotion Practice • If you file anything with the Court, be sure to send a copy to the other side or the other side’s attorney, and indicate on your pleading that you have done the same. Otherwise I cannot consider the controversy outlined within your materials.
• Oral arguments may be scheduled when a written motion is filed or requested inside the body of a motion or response. Other Pre-trial Practice Guidelines or Comments • Requests for attorney fees must always be supported with a China Doll Affidavit, with notice to the other side.
Trial Practice and ProtocolJoint Pre-Trial Memo and/or Conference; Exhibits and Objections • It is good practice when marking exhibits to coordinate marking with the Court Clerk before a hearing, and share a copy of each exhibit with the opposing party before the proceeding starts. Please note exhibits have a direct correlation with time limitations also. In cases where you are time limited, such as hearings on Injunctions against Harassment or Orders of Protection, the time I spend reading exhibits will count against the fifteen (15) minutes allocated to each party to present their case. It is important to consider whether an exhibit is truly necessary, or if there is a way to testify about the same. Trial Practice and Procedure • Parties involved in hearings on an Injunction against Harassment or an Order of Protection are given fifteen (15) minutes to state their case. Other hearings are scheduled by the Court as appropriate and assigned time limitations.
• Witness processing and examination is generally limited to direct examination, cross examination and redirect examination, with redirect examination being limited to the material issues raised on cross examination. Courtroom Etiquette • Counsel must abide by courtroom etiquette. For example, when testifying it is important to speak directly into the microphone and direct commentary to the Bench and not the other side. Please do not interrupt or argue with the opposing party when they are speaking. Save questions and comments for later, as you will be given a turn to speak. Listen politely to the other side and present arguments to the Court. When you ask questions, accept the answer for face value and do not comment further.