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Last Modified 05/06/2004 12:49 PM
William P. Dimitrouleas
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, 203F Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone Number: (954) 769-5650
Assigned Courtroom: #203E

    Judicial Secretary: Tammy Barlow
    Phone Number:

    Courtroom Deputy:
    Karen Carlton
    Phone Number:
    (954) 769-5655

    Court Reporter:
    Robert Ryckoff
    Phone Number:
    (954) 769-5657

    Docket Clerk:
    Lisa Streets
    Phone Number:
    (954) 769-5411

    Law Clerks:

      (1) Michele Korrer
      Term Ending: August, 2003
      Law School: University of Miami

      (2) Jennifer Staack
      Term Ending: August, 2004
      Law School: Southern California

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

    A. Preliminary Pretrial Hearings:

      Do you conduct preliminary pretrial hearings?

      If YES, what matters do you typically discuss during preliminary pretrial hearings:

      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?

      As permitted by Rule 65(b) Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

      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?

      If NO, what are your procedures for the receipt of evidence during a hearing on a preliminary injunction?
      Will consider live testimony and affidavits where appropriate.

      What is your practice concerning oral arguments of dispositive motions?
      Only in extraordinary circumstances.

    C. Settlement:

      What is your policy/practice regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution devices such as court-annexed, non-binding arbitration and mediation?
      Mediation is required, unless excepted by local rules.

      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?
      Yes____No____ 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 Judges?

      Yes_X_No___ (1st time set for trial)

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

      If YES, what is your policy?

    B. Pleas:

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

      What is your policy concerning plea arrangements that involve sentencing recommendations?
      Accept them.
    A. Trial dates:

      Do you grant trial dates certain?

      If YES, under what circumstances will you grant trial date certain?
      Sometimes, one day non-jury.

      If a case is not reached during the scheduled trial term, will the trial date be automatically rescheduled on your next trial docket?
      Yes_X_No___ Unless, I am in a long trial already.

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

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

    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?

      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?
      One week before Calendar Call.

      When do you require parties to file proposed jury instructions?

      One week before Calendar Call.

    C. Voir Dire:

      Do you permit counsel to conduct voir dire?
      Yes_X_No___ (partially)

      If YES, what guidelines or restrictions must counsel follow when conducting voir dire?
      Ten minutes per side.

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

      If YES, when should such questions be submitted?
      Calendar call.

      What are your peremptory challenge procedures?
      Voir Dire whole panel; alternating strikes, back-striking permissible.

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

      If NO, do you limit each side [i.e., plaintiff/defense] a total of three peremptory 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

    E. Use of Expert:

      Do you conduct Daubert hearings prior to trial?

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

      Videotapes and depositions should be edited. If not agreed upon, objections should be filed by Calendar Call.

    G. Procedure For Objections:

      No speaking objections; side-bar conferences should be avoided.

    H. Jury Procedures:

      Do you permit jurors to take notes?

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

      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?
      As a compliment

      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 William P. Dimitrouleas - Biographical Information

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