Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Patricia Starr

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Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants

Specific Requirements or Preferences Judge Starr strives to run her calendar in a timely manner. Counsel should call or email the division if they are running late. Because this is a unique calendar, cases are set for a specific time and are expected to proceed at the time scheduled.

Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues

Motion Practice The parties may provide a division copy of motions via email to the court's judicial assistant, with the opposing party always copied. A copy of the motion must also be filed with the Clerk of Court. Motions should clearly state the relief requested and the authority for the requested relief. Motions should comply with page/word limits. Discovery or Disclosure Disputes and/or Sanctions Judge Starr expects the parties to follow all rules requiring personal consultation with a good faith effort to resolve a dispute before asking for court involvement. Email is not considered personal consultation. Please discuss possible resolution of issues before the hearing. Requests to seal entire files are discouraged; the parties should be prepared to identify specific documents that require sealing. Other Pre-trial Practice Guidelines or Comments Judge Starr will take settlement conferences when she is available; please contact the division for availability. Settlement Memoranda are encouraged to make the best use of the parties' and the court's time during the settlement conference. At a settlement conference, Judge Starr is willing to speak to victims and family members to answer questions.

Trial Practice and Protocol

Trial Schedule Judge Starr's calendar does not allow her to take trials from Master Calendar except in rare circumstances. Joint Pre-Trial Memo and/or Conference; Exhibits and Objections For hearings, please provide a bench copy of any exhibits. Exhibits must be timely provided to the court clerk.  
Judge Starr does not allow speaking objections. Counsel should simply state the basis for the objection; for example, "objection, hearsay," or "objection, asked and answered." Further discussion will be had only if necessary.
Courtroom Etiquette Professional and polite behavior is expected at all times. All witnesses, staff, parties, and opposing counsel should be treated with respect.  
All parties must be near a microphone when speaking on the record.