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JUDGE BRUCE S. JENKINS

Practices & Procedures

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Communications with Chambers | Motions | Pre-Trial Hearings
Trials | Courtroom Decorum


I. COMMUNICATIONS WITH CHAMBERS

A. Telephone Calls.

Calls to chambers are welcome. The phone number for Judge Jenkins' secretary, Kathleen Smith, is 801-524-6507.

B. Faxes.

Faxes to chambers (other than pleadings) are permitted. Copies should be faxed to all interested parties or counsel.

C. Letters.

Copies of letters to chambers should be sent to all counsel.

D. Scheduling and Calendar Matters.

All matters are scheduled by the court. Contact person is Judge Jenkins' secretary, Kathleen Smith, at 801-524-6507, or the law clerk, currently Russell Kearl at 801-524-6144.

E. Docketing.

For information regarding the docketing on Judge Jenkins' cases, call Jennifer Richards at 801-524-6124, or Michael Weiler at 801-524-6115.

F. Procedural Questions.

Consult the federal rules and the court's local rules. If questions remain, contact chambers.

G. Proposed Orders.

In addition to attaching a copy of the order to the motion, a copy of all proposed orders must be directly e-mailed to chambers at the following address: utdecf_jenkins@utd.uscourts.gov. Proposed orders e-mailed to chambers must be editable and submitted in either WordPerfect or Word format.

For further information see CM/ECF Administrative Procedures II. G.

H. Transcripts.

Transcripts of hearing and trials may be ordered directly from the court reporter(s) assigned to cover the proceeding. Please consult the minute entry for the specific proceeding, which lists the name(s) of the reporter(s) involved. See "Transcripts" link on this Court's home page.

II. MOTIONS

Scheduling conferences, all motions, and pre-trial conferences are handled by the Judge, usually in open court after notice.

III. PRE-TRIAL HEARINGS AND CONFERENCES

A. Status Conference.

Initial status conferences, other status conferences, pre-trial conferences, and all motions are heard in open court.

B. Final Pretrial Conference.

A final pretrial conference is held in open court in every civil case awaiting trial, at which time a firm trial date is set. Judge Jenkins requires the submission of an agreed form of proposed pre-trial order signed by all counsel and containing a statement of triable issues, a complete roster of witnesses and exhibits; and requires the attendance of trial counsel at pre-trial, prepared to talk issues, theory, authority, and facts. See DUCivR 16-1(c)-(e) and Appendix IV to the Local Rules.

IV. TRIALS

Judge Jenkins begins trial at 9:30 a.m. and usually runs until 5:00 p.m. There is usually one break in the morning and one in the afternoon, with a lunch break from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m.

In jury trials, the court conducts the voir dire. Supplemental questions will be considered by the court, and submitted as per the local rules. See DUCivR 47-1(b), (c).

Judge Jenkins permits requested jury instructions to be submitted via email in electronic format (WordPerfect or MS Word), provided that one original copy, numbered and with citations, is filed in paper form or e-filed in .pdf format as "[Plaintiff's/Defendant's"] Requested Jury Instructions." Cf. DUCivR 51-1(a)(3) and CM/ECF Administrative Procedures, Part II.G.1.

V. COURTROOM DECORUM

A. Behavior.

The court expects counsel to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. See also DUCivR 43-1(a).

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