In most civil cases, the court will enter an Order to Propose Schedule, which will provide specific instructions and deadlines for filing an Attorney Planning Meeting Report. Absent the entry of an Order to Propose Schedule, however, counsel should conduct an Attorney Planning Meeting under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) as soon as practicable, and the Attorney Planning Meeting Report form should be completed and filed with the court promptly thereafter. A draft Proposed Scheduling Order in word processing format should be simultaneously emailed to the presiding judge, or if an Order Referring Case has been entered, to the referred magistrate judge. Forms for both the Attorney Planning Meeting Report and Proposed Scheduling Order are available on the court's Forms page.
The Court will consider entering the Scheduling Order based on the filed Attorney Planning Meeting Report.
In CM/ECF, this document should be E-Filed as Other Documents - Attorney Planning Meeting
If parties are unable to stipulate to a schedule, the parties will file a Motion for Initial Scheduling Conference. The assigned district or referred magistrate judge may hold a hearing. If a hearing is held, counsel should bring a copy of the Attorney Planning Meeting Report to the Hearing.
For complete instructions, please visit our Civil Scheduling page.