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Last Modified 05/10/2004 10:10 AM
Jose A. Gonzalez, Jr.
U.S. District Judge

The following information has been secured by voluntary questionnaire from the judiciary. This information is not binding on any judge or court official and may not be relied upon for precedential purposes.
Location of Chambers: 299 E. Broward Boulevard, 205D Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: (954) 769-5560
Assigned Courtroom: C

    Scheduling Assistant/Secretary: Irma Doerfler
    Courtroom Deputy: No permanent assignedPhone Number:
    (954) 769-5560

    Court Reporter:
    Anita LaRocca
    Phone Number:
    (954) 769-5568

    Law Clerk: Robert Alter
    Term Ending:
    August 2004
    Law School:
    University of Notre Dame Law School

    Policy regarding communication with staff [i.e., Do you permit counsel to contact assigned law clerks?]:
    Contact with law clerks is permitted.
    A. Preliminary Pretrial Hearings:

      Do you conduct preliminary pretrial hearings?

      If YES, what matters do you typically discuss during preliminary pretrial hearings?
      Trial dates, discovery deadlines, deadlines for filing dispositive motions.

      If NO, do you refer preliminary pretrial hearings to a United States Magistrate Judge?


    B. Motion Practice:

      Do you regularly set aside time during a given week/month for hearings on motions?

      If YES, when is your normal hearing date/time?

      What are your procedures concerning ex-parte temporary restraining orders?

      Applications are considered individually and hearing – ex parte or otherwise – may be scheduled.

      Do you hear preliminary injunction motions yourself?

      If NO, do you routinely refer preliminary injunctions for report and recommendation by a U.S. Magistrate Judge?


      If YES, do you limit the hearing to argument of counsel?

      Yes___No___ Depends on the issue.

      If NO, what are your procedures for the receipt of evidence during a hearing on a preliminary injunction?

      What is your practice concerning oral arguments of dispositive motions?
      Oral argument of dispositive motions occurs only if it appears necessary upon reading the submitted briefs.

    C. Settlement:

      What is your policy/practice regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution devices such as court-annexed, non-binding arbitration and mediation?
      The parties are asked during the scheduling conference if they think mediation would be helpful. If so, a mediation order is issued.

      Do you personally conduct settlement discussions?


      If YES, under that circumstances?

    D. Discovery:

      Do you refer discovery matters to a U.S. Magistrate Judge?

    E. Pretrial Conference:

      Do you personally conduct pretrial conferences in your cases?

      If YES, do you have a standing order regarding pretrial conference?
      X_(If YES, please attach a copy.)
    A. Preliminary Pretrial Hearings:

      Do you personally conduct preliminary pretrial conferences in criminal cases?
      Yes___No___ Occasionally

      If YES, what matters do you typically discuss during a preliminary pretrial conference?
      Admissibility of evidence, number of witnesses, unusual issues of law.

      If NO, do you refer preliminary pretrial conferences to U.S. Magistrate Judges?


      Do you have a policy regarding the timing of disclosure of Jencks Act material?


      If YES, what is your policy?
      Must be disclosed at the beginning of a trial, or in a particularly long trial, the day before the witness testified.

    B. Pleas.

      What is your policy concerning nolo contendere or Alford?
      Both accepted.

      What is your policy concerning plea arrangements that involve sentencing recommendations?
      Normally accepted.
    A. Trial dates.

      Do you grant trial dates certain?
      Yes X No___

      If YES, under what circumstances will you grant trial date certain?
      Cases involving a large number of out-of-town witnesses or a large number of attorneys.

      If a case is not reached during the scheduled trial term, will the trial date be automatically rescheduled on your next trial docket?

      Yes___No___ Sometimes

      If NO, what is your practice or procedure regarding rescheduling trials which are not reached on a trial docket?

      What is your policy regarding notice of being called for trial during a trial docket? [e.g., 48 hours]

      Counsel is notified the day before trial.

    B. Trial Briefs.

      Do you require trial briefs in jury trials?

      Do you require trial briefs in bench trials?


      What are your requirements for trial briefs?
      Brief outline of legal theory upon which party proceeds.

      When are trial briefs due?
      At the beginning of trial.

      Do you require proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be filed in bench trials?


      If YES, when do you require the proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be filed?

      At the beginning of the trial.

      When do you require parties to file proposed jury instructions?
      At the beginning of the trial.

    C. Voir Dire.

      Do you permit counsel to conduct voir dire?

      If YES, what guidelines or restrictions must counsel follow when conducting voir dire?
      Counsel is limited to fifteen or twenty minutes total.

      If judge conducts voir dire, can parties submit proposed voir dire questions?


      If YES, when should such questions be submitted?
      On the day of trial.

      What are your preemptory challenge procedures?
      All preemptory challenges must be stated from the well of the court.

      In multiple party cases, do you grant each party three preemptory challenges?


      If NO, do you limit each side [i.e., plaintiff/defense] a total of three preemptory challenges to be shared?

      Yes___No_X_ Adjustments are made on a case by case basis.

    D. Opening Statement.

      Do you have any standard time limits imposed upon counsel?

      If YES, what are the time limits?

      Can exhibits be used in opening statements?


    E.Use of Expert.

      Do you conduct Daubert hearings prior to trial?

    F. Procedure For Use Of Videotapes, Trial Graphics, Depositions and Demonstrations.

    G. Procedure For Objections.

      Objections must be made and considered prior to the beginning of trial.

    H. Jury Procedures.

      Do you permit jurors to take notes?
      Yes___No___ Discouraged

      Do you permit jurors to ask questions either orally (writing)? Discouraged

      If YES, under what constraints and restrictions?
      Do you allow the submission of sentencing memoranda?

      If YES, under what circumstances do you allow such submission?
      Whenever defendant deems such memos appropriate.

      Do you divulge the probation officer's sentencing recommendation?
      What are your “pet peeves,” for the information of the lawyers appearing before you?

      What, if any, other observations or suggestions do you have for members of the Bar appearing before you?

Attachment 1.pdf Biographical Information

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