Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Kevin Wein
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Specific Comments or Advice for LitigantsSpecific Requirements or Preferences All hearings are presumptively in-person. If you need to appear virtually, please contact my JA in advance of the hearing. However, if a defendant is in custody, their counsel must appear in person. Additionally, I do not conduct virtual settlement conferences. All parties and counsel must appear in-person.
Motions to Continue: If a party files a motion prior to a hearing, it should indicate the opposing party's position if you want me to vacate instead of holding the hearing.
Whenever practical, please include proposed orders with any filed motions.
The division Judicial Assistant can be reached at Alyssa.Rodriguez@JBAZMC.Maricopa.Gov. The division phone number is 602-506-7618
Pre-Trial Practice and Management IssuesMotion Practice Please double space your motions. Please start or end your motion telling me exactly what you are requesting. Often times, the Court receives motions and while the Court wants to assist, the Court does not know what is being requested. In those cases, the Court is likely to deny the motions. This causes you unnecessary delay.
If you file a motion that is time sensitive, please email the division with a copy.
Trial Practice and ProtocolTrial Schedule The Court relies on the time the parties or attorneys estimate for trial and expects that trials will be done within the estimated time.
Moring calendar begins at 8:30 and, on days I am in trial, runs until about 10:15. Trial is from 10:30-12 noon and 1:30-4:30 pm. Absent extraordinary circumstances, the Court does not run into lunch or after 4:30 as that is an imposition on court staff.
When I am in trial, I am very mindful of the jury's time. To that end, the Court expects counsel to be ready to go exactly at the scheduled time.
Other Courtroom Policies and Recommendations Myself or my staff will often communicate with attorneys and their staff by email for various reasons. If I or one of my staff members contacts you by email, please respond promptly, even if it is just to acknowledge the email and estimate when you will be able to respond substantively. While I understand email etiquette frowns on a reply to all, in the case of emails from the Court it is essential to avoid ex parte communications. We will never contact just one side and the parties must make sure that everyone is copied on all communications to the Court.
On a related point, the parties or their lawyers should not copy the court on their email spats. The court will not consider them and it just makes everyone look less professional.
I try to make myself as accessible to the parties as possible. Attorneys may contact my judicial assistant if a problem arises that I would likely be able to address through a brief status conference.
If something has been pending and you have waited for a reasonable amount of time but have not heard from us, please reach out to my staff. Keep in mind, however, that we often have to allow time to pass before we act, to give the opposing party a chance to respond or for a variety of other reasons. My staff works very hard. Please be courteous to them.