Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Warren J. Granville

Trial Practice and Protocol

Trial Schedule

Morning calendar starts at 8:30.  
Criminal trials are held 10:00 - noon, 1:30-4:30 Mondays through Thursdays. Longer Sentencings, oral arguments, and evidentiary hearings are held Fridays.  
Morning calendar issues that require a Spanish speaking interpreter are set for Mondays.

Joint Pre-Trial Memo and/or Conference; Exhibits and Objections

Marking exhibits has become a more complex process than in the past, and so, parties should bring exhibits to be marked early, mindful that the Clerk will still be obliged to handle the morning calendar as well as finalizing the previous day's minute entries.  
The Court Reporter benefits by having a list with the correct spellings of witnesses and persons or entities whose names are likely to come up.  

Jury Selection

No requirement for written voir dire to be filed prior to trial

Trial Practice and Procedure

The Court will strive to keep the parties to the time limit that they predicted to the jurors at the time of voir dire. To that end, the Court may put a time limit on Closing Arguments.  
The Court will defer to the parties how they wish to present their cases within the Rules of Evidence and Rules of Criminal Procedure.