RONALD BILLITIER, JR. Plaintiff,
MERRIMACK MUTUAL FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY Defendant.
DAVID G. LARIMER, District Judge.
This order will control the conduct of the trial in this case.
This case is hereby ordered for a jury trial on September 23, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. This is a day-certain trial date which will not be adjourned. The trial has been set far enough in advance so that all counsel are expected to protect this date with other judges so that they are not otherwise engaged in any other proceeding.
Counsel must notify this Court immediately if a pretrial resolution of this matter has been reached.
A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 16, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in my chambers. The attorneys who will actually try the case must be present at the pretrial conference.
At the pretrial conference, the Court, together with the parties, will determine the trial schedule. It is the general practice of the Court to start each day of trial at 8:30 a.m. and run until 1:30 p.m. without a lunch break. In some cases, though, circumstances may dictate that trial be conducted all day, from 9:00 a.m. until approximately 4:30 p.m.
B. PRETRIAL SUBMISSIONS
Unless otherwise indicated below, the following pretrial submissions MUST BE FILED with the Clerk of the Court and served on opposing counsel at least THREE WEEKS before the pretrial conference. See FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a)(3); LOCAL R. CIV. P. 16.1(d).
1. Voir Dire Information
Each party must file a document entitled " Voir Dire Information" containing the following material, with each category started on a separate page:
a. A short description of the case to be read to the panel to identify the case and the claims and defenses at issue.
b. The name, firm name and business address of the attorney or attorneys trying the case and the names of any assistants that will be in court at counsel's table.
c. The full name and address of the client, including the name of any corporate representative that intends to appear at trial for the client.
d. A list of prospective witnesses that are expected to be called at trial, including expert witnesses and adverse party witnesses. Witnesses whose testimony the parties intend to introduce through depositions should be listed as well and identified as "deposition witnesses." See FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a)(3)(B) and (C). The Court may preclude the use, in the direct case, of any witness not identified on the witness list. For proper identification to the panel, the parties' witness lists should include the following information:
(1) The full name of the witness.
(2) The occupational association of the witness, e.g., FBI, Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Eastman Kodak Company, Delta Laboratories, etc.
(3) The address and phone number of the witness.
(4) A brief statement of the general subject matter expected to be covered by the witness ( e.g., John Doe - plaintiff will testify about his injuries; Mary Smith - witness to the incident; Jane Doe, M.D. - will offer expert testimony about plaintiff's injuries).
e. The Court will conduct voir dire by asking a standard list of questions of the panel. The parties may submit a list of proposed questions they wish the Court to ask the panel. Failure to do so constitutes a waiver of any requests by that party. Generally, the Court conducts the entire voir dire but, depending on the circumstances of the case, the Court may allow counsel to make brief inquiry of the panel.
ALL exhibits shall be denominated by number. Plaintiff shall use numbers 1 through 399; defendant shall use numbers 400 through 699; and third-party defendants (if any) shall use numbers 700 through 899. Each exhibit must be physically tagged with the appropriate colored sticker (pink for plaintiff, blue for defendant and third-party defendants), and each exhibit must be physically numbered prior to commencement of trial.
Except for extraordinary cause, the Court will not allow introduction into evidence of exhibits not listed on the exhibit lists and made part of the exhibit books as follows:
a. Exhibit Lists - Each party must file an exhibit list containing those exhibits that the party anticipates introducing in either its direct case, see FED. R. CIV. P. 26(a)(3)(C), or during cross-examination pursuant to FED. R. EVID. 608 or 609. The list must be prepared on forms supplied by the Clerk's Office and must contain a brief description of the proposed exhibit.
b. Exhibit Books - The parties must prepare and submit to all parties and the Court exhibit books containing copies of the exhibits listed on their exhibit list. Each exhibit book must consist of a three-ring binder with separately numbered tabs corresponding to each exhibit. The proponent must prepare at least THREE (3) exhibit books - one for use by the Court, one for use by witnesses on the stand, and one each for the other party/parties in the action. The proponent is not required to prepare an exhibit book for the other parties, however, if the proponent certifies that its exhibits have already been exchanged during discovery, or, if a particular exhibit cannot be copied, that it is available for inspection by the other parties.
3. Undisputed Facts and Stipulations
The parties must file a list of what they believe to be the undisputed facts in the case. See LOCAL R. CIV. P. 16.1(d)(a).
The parties should consider appropriate stipulations concerning undisputed facts or testimony. It is especially troubling to force custodians of business ...