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Last Modified 03/01/2005 01:39 PM
William J. Zloch
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, 202B
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: (954) 769-5480
Assigned Courtroom: A

    Scheduling Assistant/Secretary: Barbara L. Coats

    Courtroom Deputy: None
    Phone Number: (954) 769-5485

    Docketing Clerk: Carol Hunt
    Phone number: (954) 769-5412

      Law Clerks:
        (1): Angela Pfister
        Term Ending: 9/1/06
        Law School: Ave Maria School of Law

        (2): Seamus Fiaherty
        Term Ending: 9/5/07
        Law School: Ave Maria School of Law

        (3): James Stuart
        Term Ending: 9/1/06
        Law School: University of Colorado School of Law

    Policy regarding communication with staff [i.e., Do you permit counsel to contact assigned law clerks?]:
    Yes___No___ Rarely

    Is it appropriate to telephone Chambers regarding questions of procedure on pending matters?

    Is it appropriate to telephone your assigned docketing clerk or deputy clerk at the Clerk’s office regarding the status of pending matters?
    A. Preliminary Pretrial Hearings:

      Do you conduct preliminary pretrial hearings?
      Yes___No_X_ Rarely

      If YES, what matters do you typically discuss during preliminary pretrial hearings?
      Certain motions may be set for oral argument to assist the parties

      If No, do yuou refer preliminary pretrial hearings to a United States Magistrate Judge?
      Yes___No_X_ Rarely

    B. Motion Practice:

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

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

      What are your procedures concering ex-parte temporary restraining orders?
      They are handled in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures.

      Do you hear preliminary injunction motions yourself?

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

      If NO, what are your procedures for the receipt of evidence during a hearing on a preliminary injunction?
      An evidentiary hearing is conducted in accourdance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedures and the Federal Rules of Evidence.

      What is your practice concerning oral arguments of dispositive motions?
      Oral argument is rarely held.

    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 Court greatly encourages alternative dispute resolution devices.

      Do you personally conduct settlement discussions?

      If YES, under what circumstances?
      Only by agreement of all parties off the record and only in jury trials.

    D. Discovery:

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

      When a dispute arises during a deposition, is it appropriate to call the Chambers to seek an immediate ruling?
      Yes___No_X_ Only in the most extreme emergency situation.

    E. Pretrial Conference:

      Do you personally conduct pretrial conferences in your cases?

      If YES, do you have a standing order regarding pretrial conference?

      If Yes, Please attach a copy.
    A. Preliminary Pretrial Hearings:

      Do you personally conduct preliminary pretrial conferences in criminal cases?

      If Yes, what matters do you typically discuss during a preliminary pretrial conference?

      If No, do you refer preliminary pretrial conferences to U.S. Magistrate Judge?

      Do you have a policy regarding the timing of disclosure of Jencks Act material?
      Yes_X_No___ Generally, the Jencks material is turned over to the defense after the government witness concludes direct examination.

      If YES, what is your policy?

    B. Pleas:

      What is your policy concerning nolo contendere or Alford pleas?
      The court does not accept nolo contendere or Alford pleas.

      What is your policy concerning plea arrangements that involve sentencing recommendations pursuant to Fed. Rule Crim. P. 11(B)?; Pursuant to Rule 11(C)?
      They are recommendations only and the Court is not bound by any sentencing recommendation.
    A. Trial dates:

      Do you grant trial dates certain?
      Yes___No_X_ Rarely

      If YES, under what circumstances will you grant trial date certain?
      If the case is complex and involves numerous witnesses, especially out of state.

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

      If NO, what is your practice or procedure regarding rescheduling trials which are not reached on a trial docket?
      Docket is a trailing docket and if case is not reached during the two-week trial docket, the case continues on standby until called to trial.

      What is your policy regarding notice of being called for trial during a trial docket? [e.g., 48 hours]
      The parties are deemed to be on standby and ready for trial. The Court strives to accommodate the lawyers and parties in a reasonable manner.

    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?

      When are trial briefs due?
      Prior to jury selection or start 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?
      Prior to commencement of bench trial.

      Should findings of fact and conclusions of law filed in connection with a bench trial also be submitted to Chambers on a disk?

      When do you require parties to file proposed jury instructions?
      Prior to commencement of jury selection.

      Where standard jury instructions are available, do you prefer that attorneys submit condensed versions of the standard instructions?

      Should jury instructions also be submitted to Chambers on a computer disk?
      Yes___No_X_ sgf

    C. Voir Dire:

      Do you allow counsel to ask questions during voir dire?

      If YES, what guidelines or restrictions must counsel follow when conducting voir dire?
      The question should go strictly to the qualification of the panel member to serve as a juror.

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

      If YES, when should such questions be submitted?
      Prior to jury selection.

      What are your preemptory challenge procedures?
      Exercised in open court at counsels table.

      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?

    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?

      Do you allow plaintiffs to make a rebuttal during 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:

      Lawyers are to meet prior to trial and agree on portions of tapes and depositions to be used at trial.

    G. Procedure For Objections:

      The lawyer should stand and state the legal basis for the objection only. The lawyer should refrain from using an objection as an opportunity to make a speech before the jury that it would otherwise not hear.

    H. Jury Procedures:

      Do you permit jurors to take notes?
      Yes _ No___ Rarely

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

      If YES, under what constraints and restrictions?
5. SENTENCING: (On Misdemeanors Only)
      Do you allow the submission of sentencing memoranda? Yes_X_No___

      If YES, under what circumstances do you allow such submission?
      They are to be submitted five(5) days prior to sentencing.

      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 Order For Pre-trial Conference - Time Schedule

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