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.


Clear with opposing counsel, Judicial Assistant will remove and reset hearings or trials.

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 unless both counsel are present.


Motions in limine:

May be heard the morning of trial.

Courtroom Etiquette:

Counsel should request permission to approach the bench, the clerk, or the witness.

When jury enters or exits the courtroom, counsel and the defendant should stand.

Counsel shall direct all objections and comments to the court, and NOT opposing counsel.

Voir Dire Procedure Preference:

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