Judicial Practice Preferences


Plea Negotiation:

Prefers active involvement in plea negotiation process.

May become involved in designating additional conditions or making a separate plea offer.


Hearings may be reset after clearing with opposing counsel. Judicial Assistant will remove and reset.

Trial continuances may be arranged by stipulation of counsel, Judicial Assistant will reset.

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:

Will not discuss any aspect of the case without both counsel present.


Motions in limine:

Heard before the day of trial at a scheduled hearing.

Courtroom Etiquette:

Counsel should request permission to approach the bench.

Voir Dire Procedure Preference:

Prefer attorneys inquire of the entire panel. Seating chart with jurors names will be provided.

Contact Visits:

Normally, contact visits with family members will be authorized following trial.