HONORABLE:  Dorothy L. Vaccaro




Plea Negotiations:


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. 


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.


Depositions Disputes:


In every instance, certify the question and schedule a hearing.


Miscellaneous Problem Resolution:


Will not discuss any aspect of the case unless both counsel are present.




No substantive motions will be heard day of trial, unless with prior court approval.


Motions in Limine:


1.      Before trial at a scheduled hearing.

2.      Left to the attorneys to decide.

3.      Heard the morning of trial




Trial continuances must be the subject of a motion and scheduled hearing prior to the day of trial.


Courtroom Etiquette:


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


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


Attorneys should address their arguments and comments to the court, not to each other.


Voir Dire Procedure Preference:


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




NO speaking objections.  Counsel should only state legal basis for any objection.


Defendants must be present at pretrials, unless previously excused by the court.  Phone call to judges office for waiver is acceptable.


Defendants MUST be present at all motions to set aside capias or Bench Warrants for Failure to Appear.


Copies of all substantive motions should be provided to the judge at least one week prior to the hearing in order that the court may be familiar with the issues.