The Court expects the following procedures to be followed in all matters pending before it. To the extent that an attorney is aware of these procedures, he or she should make other attorneys and/or unrepresented parties aware of these procedures as well. The following should be considered standing Orders, which the parties and litigants must follow when practicing or appearing before the Court.
Counsel should not correspond or communicate with the Court concerning pending matters, unless they have first communicated with opposing counsel and confirmed with opposing counsel that they intend to contact the Court. Copies of letters should be sent to opposing counsel before they are sent to the Court. Requests for continuances should first be made to opposing counsel (seeking an agreement). If no agreement is reached, opposing counsel and/or the opposing party should receive a copy of the continuance request within sufficient time to respond to same. The agreement between/among counsel, or lack thereof, should be noted in counsel’s letter to the Court.
When the parties agree to conference a matter with the Court, the Court will do its best to accommodate the parties with in-person conferences or phone conferences.
All correspondence should confirm that direct communication with the Court complies with these procedures.