Local Rules Middle District Florida

CHAPTER ONE
ADMINISTRATION OF COURT BUSINESS
1.01 SCOPE AND CONSTRUCTION OF RULES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 1
1.02 DIVISIONS OF THE COURT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 2
1.03 DOCKETING AND ASSIGNMENT OF CASES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 3
1.04 SIMILAR OR SUCCESSIVE CASES; DUTY OF COUNSEL . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 4
1.05 FORM OF PLEADINGS; GENERAL REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 5
1.06 FORM OF PLEADINGS; SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 6
1.07 PREPARATION, SERVICE, AND RETURN OF PROCESS; SERVICE OF
PLEADINGS SUBSEQUENT TO ORIGINAL COMPLAINT . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 7
1.08 INTEGRITY OF FILES AND RECORDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 8
1.09 FILING UNDER SEAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 9
CHAPTER TWO
ATTORNEYS
2.01 GENERAL ADMISSION TO PRACTICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 1
2.02 SPECIAL ADMISSION TO PRACTICE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 2
2.03 APPEARANCE AND WITHDRAWAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 3
2.04 DISCIPLINE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 4
2.05 APPEARANCE BY LAW STUDENTS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 – 6
CHAPTER THREE
MOTIONS, DISCOVERY AND PRETRIAL PROCEEDINGS
3.01 MOTIONS; BRIEFS AND HEARINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 1
3.02 NOTICE OF DEPOSITIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 3
3.03 WRITTEN INTERROGATORIES; FILING OF DISCOVERY MATERIAL;
EXCHANGE OF DISCOVERY REQUEST BY COMPUTER DISK . . . . . . . 3 – 4
3.04 MOTIONS TO COMPEL AND FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 5
3.05 CASE MANAGEMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 6
3.06 FINAL PRETRIAL PROCEDURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 10
3.07 MARKING AND LISTING EXHIBITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 12
3.08 NOTICE OF SETTLEMENTS; DISMISSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 13
3.09 CONTINUANCES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 14
3.10 FAILURE TO PROSECUTE; DISMISSAL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 15
CHAPTER FOUR
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SPECIAL RULES
4.01 AMENDMENTS OF PLEADINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 1
4.02 REMOVAL OF CASES FROM STATE COURT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 2
4.03 TIME OF MOTION TO JOIN THIRD PARTIES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 3
4.04 CLASS ACTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 4
4.05 TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDERS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 5
4.06 PRELIMINARY INJUNCTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 7
4.07 IN FORMA PAUPERIS PROCEEDINGS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 8
4.08 SERVICE OF SUBPOENAS ON STATE AND FEDERAL OFFICERS . . . . 4 – 9
4.09 MARSHAL’S DEEDS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 10
4.10 RELEASE OF INFORMATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 11
4.11 PHOTOGRAPHS; BROADCASTING OR TELEVISING; USE OF
COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATION DEVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 13
4.12 PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION REPORTS; PRE-SENTENCING
PROCEDURES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 14
4.13 COURT PLANS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 16
4.14 PROCEEDINGS UNDER 28 U.S.C. SECTIONS 2254 and 2255 . . . . . . . . 4 – 17
4.15 WRITTEN STIPULATIONS REQUIRED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 18
4.16 MANAGEMENT OF FUNDS HELD ON DEPOSIT WITH THIS COURT . . 4 – 19
4.17 SPECIAL FILING AND PROCEDURAL REQUIREMENTS APPLICABLE TO
HABEAS CORPUS CAPITAL CASES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 20
4.18 APPLICATIONS FOR COSTS OR ATTORNEY’S FEES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 22
4.19 PROVISION OF PRETRIAL SERVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 – 23
CHAPTER FIVE
TRIAL AND COURTROOM PROCEDURES
5.01 JURIES — SELECTION; INSTRUCTIONS; PROHIBITION OF POST-TRIAL
INTERVIEWS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 – 1
5.02 MARSHAL TO ATTEND COURT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 – 2
5.03 COURTROOM DECORUM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 – 3
5.04 DISPOSITION OF EXHIBITS AND DISCOVERY MATERIALS . . . . . . . . . 5 – 5
CHAPTER SIX
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGES
6.01 DUTIES OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 1
6.02 REVIEW OF MAGISTRATES’ REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS . . 6 – 5
6.03 MISDEMEANOR AND PETTY OFFENSES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 6
6.04 RESERVED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 7
6.05 TRIAL OF CIVIL CASES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 – 8
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CHAPTER SEVEN
ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME RULES
7.01 GENERAL PROVISIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 – 1
7.02 ATTACHMENT AND GARNISHMENT: SPECIAL PROVISIONS . . . . . . . . 7 – 3
7.03 ACTION IN REM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 – 6
7.04 POSSESSORY, PETITORY AND PARTITION ACTIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 – 10
7.05 ACTIONS IN REM AND QUASI IN REM: GENERAL PROVISIONS . . . . . 7 – 11
7.06 ACTIONS TO LIMIT LIABILITY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 – 26
—- APPENDIX OF FORMS — ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME RULES . . . . . . . 7 – 27
—- ADVISORY NOTES TO ADMIRALTY AND MARITIME RULES . . . . . . . . . 7 – 40
CHAPTER EIGHT
COURT ANNEXED ARBITRATION
8.01 STATEMENT OF PURPOSE; CERTIFICATION OF ARBITRATORS . . . . 8 – 1
8.02 CASES FOR ARBITRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 2
8.03 REFERRAL TO ARBITRATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 3
8.04 ARBITRATION HEARING . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 4
8.05 ARBITRATION AWARD AND JUDGMENT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 5
8.06 TRIAL DE NOVO . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 6
CHAPTER NINE
COURT ANNEXED MEDIATION
9.01 GENERAL PROVISIONS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 – 1
9.02 CERTIFICATION; QUALIFICATION AND COMPENSATION
OF MEDIATORS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 – 2
9.03 TYPES OF CASES SUBJECT TO MEDIATION; WITHDRAWAL . . . . . . . 9 – 4
9.04 PROCEDURES TO REFER A CASE OR CLAIM TO MEDIATION . . . . . . 9 – 5
9.05 SCHEDULING THE MEDIATION CONFERENCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 – 6
9.06 MEDIATION REPORT; NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT; JUDGMENT . . . . . . 9 – 7
9.07 TRIAL UPON IMPASSE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 – 8
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CHAPTER ONE
ADMINISTRATION OF COURT BUSINESS

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