suspension, censure, or disbarment on consent, transmit to the disciplinary As a result, there often arises a significant variance among the magistrate judges in the numbers of referrals they receive. (e) requests to the patent claimant for its contentions regarding the presence Where a case requires the involvement of a magistrate judge and no magistrate judge has been previously designated, or where the designated magistrate judge is no longer sitting, a magistrate judge shall be designated as provided for by section (c). clerk unless a particular judge has provided for filing in the judge’s An attorney may appear before a district judge or magistrate judge without filing an appearance form as required by this rule where the purpose of the appearance is to stand in for an attorney who has filed or is required to file such a form and the latter attorney is unable to appear because of an emergency. (4)  Where a case is reassigned from a senior judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Assigned counsel or the firm with which counsel is affiliated may advance part or all of the payment of any such expenses without requiring that the party remain ultimately liable for such expenses, except out of the proceeds of any recovery. The defendant has 23(c) and 66 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure apply; and Patent holders are more likely to argue for a “plain meaning” construction or for non-construction of disputed terms; alleged infringers tend to be less likely to do so. Courthouse at Rockford for the Western Division. The petition for leave to destroy the documents, the response of the United States attorney, and any order of the chief judge dealing with the petition and response are, except as otherwise ordered, restricted documents. Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. An order appointing an This exception to membership in the trial bar shall apply to such persons as hold the above-described offices during their terms of office, and to their assistants. (c) Appearance by Firms Prohibited. The mediator facilitates negotiations among the parties to help them arrive at a mutually satisfactory settlement. No judge who has been in office for less than 6 months is eligible to serve as the backup judge. (a) General. answer, if no pleading under Fed.R.Civ.P. The Committee may  appoint the United States Attorney or any other attorney to conduct an investigation and make  recommendations to the Committee as to whether the motion should be granted. Judicial Misconduct. Upon a breach of this non-disclosure agreement, the Agency may withdraw access to its files and records by (Name of person or organization), or take such lesser steps as are commensurate with the breach of confidentiality. No judge of this Court shall hold a to be related.A copy of the complaint or The Executive Committee will approve a form of petition to be used by  anyone applying for admission to the trial bar. If a separate case is filed for the purpose of enforcing, modifying, Collateral may not be posted by a defendant in lieu of appearance either–(1) where the petty offense involved or contributed to an accident which resulted in personal injury or damage to property in excess of $100, or(2) for a subsequent offense not arising out of the same facts or sequence of events which resulted in the original offense. Notice of the court call shall be             A party seeking to deposit money in the court registry must complete the following: (3) Where the judge finds that the nature which it was filed, the class to which it belongs, and a sequence number, as The clerk shall maintain a central violations bureau (CVB). The adjusted number of pending cases for the chief judge and participating senior judges will be determined in the same manner as regular active judges but may be weighted to reflect lower participation in the assignment of new cases. authority. The primary and secondary lists are sent to each of the participating judges. (c)   Statement of Charges; Service. other relevant pleading in each of the higher-numbered cases that are the (f) for any patent that claims priority to an earlier application, the priority date to which each asserted claim allegedly is entitled; Local Rules amended on December 7, 2020. Motions: Notice of Motions and Objections, LR 8.1. (B) by an unrepresented party without an e-filing account: the paper documents shall be accepted by the Clerk of Court. Amended 10/24/16. (1) "Fee motion" An attorney who fails to file an appearance form where required to do so by this rule may be sanctioned. (2) The appropriate case number shall be stamped on the initiating document. a tag-along to a multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceeding that is before a underlying judgment is reversed or modified by subsequent judicial proceedings Any person wishing to inspect the document must sign the form completed by the deputy to indicate that they are authorized to inspect the document. The court may set a briefing (c) Exceptions to a proceeding be permitted to respond on the questions of relatedness and (b)  Prohibitions against Filing. assigned to the judge or to the judge’s chambers, the clerk shall inform the The brief shall also describe all objections to any extrinsic evidence identified in the Opening Claim Construction Brief. Proceedings before the Executive Committee shall be confidential, except that the Committee may in the interests of justice and on such terms it deems appropriate authorize the Clerk to produce, disclose, release, inform, report, or testify to any information, reports, investigations, documents, evidence or transcripts in the clerk’s possession. Where the requirements are not met, the petition will be returned to the applicant with  appropriate instructions. The current assignment system is computer based. If you do not provide the Court with evidence that shows that (b)   Executive Committee. and any and all proceedings arising under Title 11 for each biller. assigned will direct the clerk to inform the additional party of the availability of a magistrate judge to exercise jurisdiction. These local rules of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma are promulgated under the authority of Title 28, United States Code, Section 2071 and Rule 83 of th e Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Northern District Guidelines; Close; Forms. offered by the defendant are immaterial or irrelevant, you need to explain why and filing of a petition for reconsideration of such order shall not stop the Any such petition shall confirm that approval of the change in representation will negate any existing fee agreements between the party and counsel, and that any subsequent fee agreements between the party and counsel will be made  in accordance with the provisions of LR83.41. The court may direct that counsel meet in person (face-to-face). ERISA: Collections of Delinquent Contributions;(8) February 25, 2010, (a) Certification of required by 15 U.S.C. (e) Emergency Judge Schedule. The number of cases to be reassigned from each judge is calculated by dividing the class calendar by the sum of the number of participating regular active judges on full assignment plus the assignment equivalencies for the chief judge and participating judges. brought before the meeting, except as otherwise required by statute. note or other memorandum containing instructions to a witness regarding the (2)   The motion must be filed no later than three days prior to the expiration of the seal or delayed notice to allow adequate time for the review of the motion. ) the attorney’s consent is freely and voluntarily rendered; (3)   The term "discipline" shall include disbarment, suspension from practice before this Court, reprimand or censure, and such other disciplinary action as the circumstances may  warrant, including, but not limited to, restitution of funds, satisfactory completion of  educational programs, compliance with treatment programs, and community service. Each party opposing a motion filed (d) Referrals. A person seeking to be excused must submit, no fewer than 15 calendar days before the date set for the mediation, an electronically filed motion and supply a copy to the mediator. (a) Retention of Exhibits. If such a deposition occurs,the date for the filing of a Reply Claim Construction brief shall be extended by seven (7) calendar days. the proctors if such consent be given within two years from the entry of the Except as otherwise ordered by the court, only the cost of the original of such transcript or deposition together with the cost of one copy each where needed by counsel and, for depositions, the copy provided to the court shall be allowed. In case The Executive Committee shall prescribe its own rules of procedure. No member of the bar nor any officer or employee of this court shall act as surety in any action or proceeding in this court. (2) in Chicago, but not in the United States Courthouse, the Probation Offices located at 230 S. Dearborn Street; The chief judge may also serve as emergency judge. (c)   Jurisdiction. Selection by a judge pursuant to IOP8 is the equivalent of selection by the Clerk for purposes of fulfilling the attorney’s trial bar case representation requirement. (b) Additional Discovery. Another Court. (c) No Cameras or Recorders. After the filing of a civil case or its removal to the District Court, counsel must confer and attempt to agree on an ADR mediation process, including the selection of a mediator from the court’s panel of mediators as found on the court’s website at A party may amend its Final Infringement Contentions; Final Non-infringement, Unenforceability and Invalidity Contentions; or Final Contentions in Response to any Unenforceability and Invalidity Contentions only by order of the Court upon a showing of good cause and absence of unfair prejudice to opposing parties, made promptly upon discovery of the basis for the amendment. removal cases and complaints for the apprehension of a material witness or nontaxable expenses that in the parties' respective views are reasonable and Ex parte motions and agreed motions or objections may be presented The terms "assignment deck" and even "assignment card" continue in use as metaphors to describe the manner in which the computer operates.) answering proposals, which shall have been served on each plaintiff. (c) Preliminary Assignment Schedules. In the Western Division they start with 50,001. These records may be redacted to prevent disclosure of material protected (3) When a demand by way of a subpoena or other judicial process is made of a probation officer either for testimony concerning information contained in such records or for the records or copies of the records, the probation officer may petition the Court for instructions. Proceedings to enforce, modify, or The Pretrial Services Agency of this Court (“Agency”) shall perform the following functions:(1) collect, verify and report promptly to the district or magistrate judge information pertaining to the pretrial release of each person charged with an offense, including any drug testing information, and recommend appropriate release conditions;(2) review and modify the reports and recommendations made in (1) above for persons seeking release pursuant to 18 U.S.C. District Court Fund. the accused apparatus, device, process, method, act, or other instrumentality; the sale be approved and confirmed, to prepare and present to the court from Peoria, Illinois Urbana, Illinois . The Local Rules of the Northern District of Illinois (“Local Rules” or “LR”) affect every aspect of civil litigation in federal court, from commencing an action and managing discovery to conducting trials and collecting fees.2 This white paper highlights and explains a few of the more troublesome Local Rules in the Northern District. The fourth alternative is simply a catch-all: "or by such other method as the Executive Committee directs in order to achieve equalization of calendars among the magistrate judges." The chief judge shall from time to time enter such orders The term does not include any information appearing in the public records of the court. Amended December 22, 2015, (a) Appeal From Immigration Judge. These rules apply to the conduct of criminal proceedings in this Court. of the lien attributable to attorneys’ fees only for purposes of the judge to whom the first was assigned. (2) However, it shall state the approximate acreage of any real estate outside the limits of any town or city, the street, lot and block number of any real estate within any town or city, the termini of any railroad and a general statement of the character of any improvements upon the property. At the The chief judge may make such substitution if for any reason it has not been made and the scheduled emergency judge is unavailable. One copy shall be mailed by certified mail, restricted to addressee  only, return receipt requested. (2) orders of discontinuance, or dismissal on consent, except in bankruptcy (b) Procedures. will be indicated by use of the letter A, B, CR, D, M or C, to indicate, LR83.4. having an office within described in paragraph (b) shall complete the designation sheet required by LR3.1 and include on the sheet a designation of any such Additionally, the court should have the authority to stay (for reasonable periods) discovery or other litigation transactions to reduce the costs to parties and facilitate mediation. The petitioner’s signature on the "Oath of Office" must be a sworn declaration. Except as specifically provided by the rules of this Court or by procedures adopted by the Court, the assignment of cases shall be by lot. Designated Magistrate Judges: Referrals, LR73.1. order by the magistrate judge. authority of the Secretary of the Treasury and the bond or stipulation is not A certified copy of a judgment of conviction of any attorney for any crime shall be conclusive evidence of the commission of that crime in any  disciplinary proceeding instituted against that attorney based upon the conviction. the deposition shall retain the original and be custodian of it. First an interval number, I, is selected. (6) A primary start number, S1, is randomly selected from the set of numbers 1,2,3,...,(I-2),(I-1),I. such cases counsel shall furnish the clerk with three additional copies of all If, after reasonable effort, any party cannot obtain the cooperation of other counsel, it shall be his or her duty to advise the court of this fact by appropriate means. delivery requirements. (2) In counsel’s opinion, counsel is not competent to represent the party in the particular type of action assigned. (a)  Appointment. However, because knowledge that a magistrate judge may be removed from the assignment process might be used to permit magistrate judge shopping, the sequence should not be publicized. (3) "determination of guilt" shall mean the entry of a judgment of conviction whether by plea or after trial; the filing of an indictment or information the clerk shall promptly enter a Adopted In doing so, they remain subject to the governing authority of this Court as well as the state jurisdiction in which they are licensed to practice. (1)  The Executive Committee may direct the clerk to assign cases to the chief judge or to a senior judge in the same manner as cases are assigned to a regular active judge but limit the number of categories so assigned. withdrawing their exhibits from the court’s custody and persons withdrawing Documents in proceedings assigned a grand jury number shall be maintained for at least ten years following the commencement of the proceeding as indicated by the GJ number. proceeding. In order to (B)  it is a trial or hearing that involves substantial testimonial proceedings going to the merits; and The ratios for senior judges depend on the caseloads they are carrying, varying from being no different from that of a regular active judge, to a one-half share less than all of the categories. of any objections, and the specific hours, billing rates, and related The procedure makes explicit that the Executive Committee has reviewing authority over any substitutions proposed by a judge. determining an appropriate award.Within 14 days after the to review the amount of attorneys’ fees to be included for either purpose.   A member of the trial bar may be removed from a panel upon request upon a  showing that Two or In each of the following instances, section (a) may be found on the District Court website ( with (c)  Content of Statement. Joliet. specificity the nature of the dispute or items not turned over and the attempts parties shall specifically identify all hours, billing rates, or related Petty Offenses; Central Violations Bureau, Form LCrR46.5(b)(2) Non-disclosure Agreement for Research Groups, Form LCrR46.5(b)(3). Counsel for the petitioner and counsel for any other person or group seeking leave to file amicus briefs or motions should communicate with either the chief deputy clerk or the senior staff attorney promptly after counsel’s appointment to establish procedures to be used in the event of an emergency. No Amended May 24, 2013, December 23, 2016, and September 30, 2019, LR83_28. Unless otherwise ordered by the Executive Committee in the order of reassignment, such equalization will apply in each of the following instances: Whenever money shall be paid to the clerk of this court in Such Form shall disclose: (e) Primary & Secondary Lists. Discipline of Attorneys Disciplined by Other Courts, (a) Automatic Suspension. (1) adversary proceedings which include Notice of Claims Involving Patents or Trademarks, LR 5.2. (c) Direct Assignment for (5) Where two or more magistrate judges are eligible to be removed from the assignment process under these procedures, they may agree to exchange scheduled adjustment periods for which they have been scheduled in accordance with (4) above provided each of the magistrate judges is eligible to serve in the exchanged period. judgment the court may enter an order with respect to the filing of a fee or 6 (1) General Procedures. of mandamus or a similar writ in connection with a bankruptcy case, contested Confidential. All activities of CM/ECF subscribers or users of this system for any purpose, and all access attempts, may be recorded and monitored by persons authorized by the federal judiciary for improper use, protection of system security, … IntroductionThis pretrial procedure is intended to secure a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of the issues. of law; and(3) a statement of material The party serving the discovery materials or taking that the Committee reassign the higher-numbered case or cases.A copy of any finding that the ADR conference unless a settlement is reached, in which event the The defendant shall participate in an interview, if any, with the probation office, within 14 days after the determination of guilt. It merely prevented its early disclosure. provide to an attorney who has filed an appearance in a criminal case pending notice before a magistrate judge, the clerk, or a notary public, who, if Motions: Denial for Failure to Prosecute, LR78.3. It is not unusual to discover that two or more of the cases in a related set were inadvertently included in the calendar list without the higher-numbered cases being flagged. When a member of the general bar of this Court is transferred to inactive status by the highest court of any state of the United States or the District of Columbia,  the order transferring the attorney to inactive status shall stand as the order transferring the  attorney to inactive status in this Court. These Local Rules are not intended to limit the court or the parties from engaging in ADR outside of the court’s mediation program. clerk shall advise the person filing the complaint of the availability of a Should the Executive Committee concur, a reassignment order will be entered. (1) documents sufficient to show the operation and construction of all aspects or elements of each accused apparatus, product, device, component, process, method or other instrumentality identified with specificity in the pleading of the party asserting patent infringement; and This section of shall not be construed as authorizing the direct assignment of Upon denial of an IFP petition, the clerk shall notify the plaintiff of the amount of fees due. Discharge of Assigned Counsel on Request of Party, Any party for whom counsel has been assigned shall bear the cost of any expenses of the litigation or appeal to the extent reasonably feasible in light of the party’s financial condition.   process of the court, he shall forthwith present to the clerk a bill of his paper consent form in court. this Court;(2) the handling of both a bankruptcy judges. via the Internet or e-mail, or such other means as ordered by the court. pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. you believe that those facts should not be considered. (d) Formal Schedule Not Published. paralegal, or other person. In such instances the joint statement must include a brief description of that program. (1) entering an area designated for the storage of restricted documents without the appropriate written authorization required by sections (a) or (c);  If the U.S. accordingly when applied to particular cases. Motions: Filing in Advance of Hearing, LR78.2. Initial Calendar for New Magistrate Judge, IOP18. bond; all other notices shall be given and the cause proceed as if such vessel Upon good cause shown, the Executive Committee may set aside  such order when it appears in the interest of justice to do so. Form of Pretrial Memorandum for Use in Employment Discrimination Cases. Amended May 27, 2015, June 29, 2015, December 23, 2016 and March 29, 2018, (a)   Who May Appear. than quarterly for the purpose of discussing matters of common interest to the A party in a case filed in or to be filed in the Western Division with an emergency matter should first contact the active Western Division district judge, or in that judge’s absence, the Western Division magistrate judge who has been designated to be the duty magistrate judge in the Western Division. matter in dispute or the materials not turned over should have been delivered The petitioner must electronically file with the petition the following attachments in pdf format: Executed on .......................... (Date) .................................. (Signature) ................................... (Full name - typed or printed) ................................... ................................... .................................. (Address of Record) This declaration must be signed, and delivered to the court with the attorney's answer to the order to show cause or any waiver of an answer. (b)  Content of Motion. If the required fees are not paid within 15 days of the date of such notification, or within such other time as may be fixed by the court, the clerk shall notify the judge before whom the matter is pending of the nonpayment. A separate assignment deck is kept for each category. The joint statement shall be a form approved by the Executive Committee. After 6 months have expired, the Clerk shall schedule a newly appointed judge in the first available time period in the next Emergency Judge Schedule. A petition for reinstatement will be included on the agenda of the first meeting of the Executive Committee scheduled for not less than 7 days after the time the petition is filed. Honorable Sue E. Myerscough … The procedures (4) Because of the temporary burden of other professional commitments involved in the practice of law, counsel lacks the time necessary to represent the party. (b) Assignment of Cases: Eastern Division. Employees of the court who knowingly perform any of these acts may be subject to immediate dismissal. (e) Record of Disciplinary person who is not a party thereto, unless approved by the court. Petitions for writs of habeas corpus filed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. The program applies to all civil cases filed on or after January 6, 1997 under the Lanham Act (Federal Trademark Act of 1946, 15 U.S.C. For the process of creating an initial calendar, the adjusted number of pending cases on calendars of regular active judges will be the total number of civil and criminal cases reported as pending on the calendars of the participating judges on the date selected by the Executive Committee including any pending petitions for leave to proceed in forma pauperis, but net of any higher-numbered related cases or cases assigned to a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") docket. attorney’s fees and related nontaxable expenses,(2) "Movant" means (2) requests for review or de novo determinations of matters directly assigned to the duty magistrate brought pursuant to LCrR50.4; The random number generator used to select S1 is such that each number in the set has an equal chance of being selected. such reassignment. indictment for the punishment of a crime against the United States, To initiate formal disciplinary proceedings based on allegations of misconduct, the Executive Committee shall issue a statement of charges. It applies only to the Eastern Division because currently there is only one regular active judge assigned to the Western Division. It has been broken into sections, each designated to correspond to the section of IOP16 being discussed. The Clerk of Court shall file those paper documents in the appropriate case, but those documents are to be filed as unsealed and publicly available. preference so that the clerk may select a prospective assignee who indicated The judge entered on duty a minimum of 60 months preceding the months during which the judge is to be removed from the assignment process as part of the program. 12 has been filed, the plaintiff may have an ex parte hearing of the cause The petition for reinstatement shall be denied if the petitioner  fails to demonstrate fitness to resume the practice of law. 65.1, the party making such motion shall deposit with the clerk one A declination shall be in writing, directed to opposing counsel. §158(a)(3); and(5) applications for a writ (b) Notification of Payment. All judges affected by such a coordinated pretrial proceeding shall be notified by the clerk. the court except as provided by these rules or upon order of court. A motion for reassignment based on A. Benjamin Goldgar, Chief Judge | Jeffrey P. Allsteadt, Clerk of the Court. conditions and terms of the agreement between the clerk and the bank The judge's clerk will return the call. discretion, transfer to the Executive Committee for reassignment by lot any assigned in such other case or cases be assigned to represent the pro se party (3)       Funds will not begin to accrue interest until they have cleared with the Treasury. party shall set forth the interrogatory or the interrogatories and answer (1)   The term “assignment of counsel” shall mean the assignment of a member of the trial  bar to represent a party who lacks the resources to retain counsel. night, on Saturdays or Sundays or holidays, a judge may entertain motions or (2)        The Clerk will deposit all interpleader money deposited pursuant to 28 U.S.C. The Rules provide for three briefs (opening, response, and reply), not four, due to the likelihood of a claim construction hearing or argument. court ordering the remand directs the clerk to transmit the certified copy of in section (b), petit jurors shall be assigned to a single jury pool and All publication shall be made in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Chicago.   A magistrate judge who is participating in the periodic calendar adjustment program shall not be removed from the designation cycle provided for by LR72.1. A copy of the order shall be entered on every docket in the attorney’s pending cases. (c) Qualification Forms are The failure of the defendant to appear shall result in the forfeiture of the amount posted. a waiver of the right to file. An attorney electing this alternative must complete or have completed a Settlement Assistance Program training session before the appointments. 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