HONORABLE FRANK QUESADA

Judicial Practice Preferences
Juvenile Court

PRE-TRIAL:

PLEA NEGOTIATIONS:

Are to be encouraged and Judge will become involved when invited or sometimes on own initiative. May become involved in designating additional conditions.

CONTINUANCES:

Clear with opposing counsel. Judicial Assistant will remove and reset. If agreed upon before the day of trial generally granted. If requested on day of trial, with witnesses present, generally denied.

DISCOVERY ISSUES:

When discovery disputes occur, counsel must confer and make a good faith attempt to resolve them without a hearing. If a hearing must be held, it should be timely scheduled in order to avoid potential trial delay.

DEPOSITION DISPUTES:

Attempt to contact the judge in order to resolve the issue during the deposition.

Miscellaneous Problem Resolution:

Counsel is encouraged to work them out. Should Court intervention be necessary, then the Court is always available.

Will accept conference phone call.

 

TRIAL:

SHOWING TANGIBLE EVIDENCE TO THE COURT:

After showing the exhibit to opposing counsel, it may be shown to the witness without first being shown to the judge. If the Judge requests to see an exhibit, counsel may hand it over directly to the Court.

EXPERT WITNESSES:

Except in ruling on an objection, the court should not, in the presence of the jury, declare that a witness is qualified as an expert or to render an expert opinion, and counsel should not ask the court to do so. (Standard 17, Civil Trial Practice Standards of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association (1998)). A judicial ruling that a proffered expert is "qualified" prior to the time that counsel has posed a precise question eliciting expert testimony is premature and, unless an objection is interposed, unnecessary.

MOTIONS IN LIMINE:

None in non-jury trials.

COURTROOM ETIQUETTE:

ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. PA/PI-CIR-99-46: STANDARDS OF PROFESSIONAL COURTESY FOR THE SIXTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT will be strictly enforced. Professionalism and courtesy is expected and always appreciated.

JUVENILE COURT POINTERS:

Motions are scheduled directly by the juvenile clerk's office.

Hearing Schedule - Monday through Thursdays :

9:00 a.m. - Motion hearings
10:00 a.m. - Arraignments
1:00 p.m. - Restitution hearings, Motions to Suppress, Denial Hearings (Juvenile Trials)

Motions must be set at least 48 hours in advance. Emergency motions may be heard on an Emergency Docket, scheduled through the Judicial Assistant.

All Pretrials are scheduled for Fridays at 9:00 a.m. Attorneys with scheduling conflicts may contact the Judicial Assistant for continuances.

We hold discussions with the State Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, and the Conflict panel attorneys two to three times a year. We will notice the attorneys who regularly practice in juvenile. Should any other attorneys wish to be noticed, please notify my office.

MOTIONS FOR REHEARING, RECONSIDERATION, NEW TRIAL, ETC. will not be set for hearing. Please submit a copy of the motion to the judge's office for entry of an order. If the Judge feels a hearing is required, your office will be contacted.