Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Judge Sara Agne

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Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants

Specific Requirements or Preferences My Judicial Assistant is reachable via (602) 506-8288; my Courtroom Bailiff is available at (602) 506-0379 when not in the courtroom; and my chambers can receive faxes to our attention at (602) 372-5817.  
The Court expects lawyers and all parties to treat each other, opposing parties, court staff, and everyone with respect.  
Harassment, bias, or prejudice on the basis of race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, socioeconomic status, or affiliation is strictly prohibited.  
This protocol is based on my current assignment, Juvenile Court, which can involve much on-the-record trial and evidentiary hearing time for all counsel and parties. Particular resources the Court has found helpful in the past in preparing for extensive trial time include McElhaney’s Trial Notebook, as well as Rules of Evidence: Text and History by Friedman and Deahl. Note, however, that the Arizona Rules of Evidence differ in certain small respects from the federal rules.  
While Juvenile Court proceedings are, per Rule 6, Ariz. R. P. Juv. Ct., as informal as due process and fairness permit, the Court expects all lawyers and any self-represented parties to know and follow all applicable rules.

Pre-Trial Practice and Management Issues

Motion Practice Per Rule 1(D), Ariz. R. P. Juv. Ct., all written motions or stipulations shall be accompanied by a proposed form of order.  
Per Rule 46(A), Ariz. R. P. Juv. Ct., all written motions and stipulations shall state the positions of all the other parties as to the issues raised in the motion or stipulation, or shall inform the court of the efforts made to reach the other parties if their positions are not known.  
Per Rule 46(B), Ariz. R. P. Juv. Ct., a copy of the motion shall be provided to this assigned Division at the time of filing. This is particularly crucial for time-sensitive motions and stipulations, as electronic copies or documents filed with the clerk may otherwise take what the parties consider to be significant time to reach the Court.

Trial Practice and Protocol

Trial Practice and Procedure When calling a witness to testify during a trial or hearing, ensure you or your co-counsel exits the courtroom promptly to escort the witness in from the hallway. Trial time is limited and precious.  
The Court prefers that counsel move the Court to qualify expert witnesses as such, in a particular field or fields, pursuant to Rule 702, Ariz. R. Evid.  
If an interpreter is needed to assist a witness or party, the Court schedules proceedings for the Division’s designated interpreter days of Wednesday or Thursday; please advise Court staff reasonably in advance of Court proceedings once you know an interpreter will be needed to assist a witness or party.  
When the Rule of Exclusion, Ariz. R. Evid. 615, has been invoked, all counsel should inform their party’s witnesses of its invocation and meaning, and all counsel and parties should be vigilant to assist the Court in ensuring that no witnesses enter the courtroom while other witnesses are testifying, which would be in violation of the rule.
Other Courtroom Policies and Recommendations Juvenile Court is at times the venue for ceremonial proceedings, and the Court and Court staff are always happy to serve as such. Pursuant to Arizona Supreme Court Rule 122(i), please simply seek Court permission to photograph or videotape such proceedings during them. Permission is best sought from the Court by advising my Bailiff of the request to photograph or videotape, before the ceremonial proceedings begin.  
Juvenile Court records of proceedings are, per Arizona Supreme Court Rule 123(d)(1)(B), generally confidential. Thus, while many hearings in my courtroom are open to the public, all involved and any members of the public present are prohibited from disclosing publicly the names or identifying information of individuals from the proceedings. Violation of that prohibition is punishable via findings of contempt of court.