Karen Kinkennon Specie
The following information was provided in response to a survey prepared by the Federal Court Practice Committee of The Florida Bar. This information is not binding on any judge or court official and may not be relied upon for precedential purposes. Further information may be found in the attachments (sample orders, etc.) referenced at the end of this Guide entry or on the court's website noted below.
Name of Court:
Northern District of Florida
Location of Chambers:
110 East Park Avenue, Suite 200
Lisa E. Murrill
Law Clerk phone number(s), only if you permit law clerk(s) to receive calls:
Communication with Chambers
Do you permit contact with chambers regarding questions of procedure?
Do you permit contact with chambers regarding the status of pending matters?
May counsel contact chambers to speak with your law clerks(s) on procedural matters?
May counsel contact chambers to speak with your law clerks(s) on the status of pending matters?
When emergency hearings are requsted counsel may contact chambers to discuss procedural matters.
Use of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Other Electronics in Court
Other than procedures adopted by the U.S. Marshal's Service relating to access to a federal courthouse, do you have any additional procedures to be followed for the use of cell phones, laptops, or other electronics?
See standing orders.
Is there a designated court staff person to contact relating to the use of electronic media or other audiovisual needs?
Courtroom Deputy, Janet Nah
Always verify with the Clerk of Court or the U.S. Marshal's Service as to any procedures relating to the use of cell phones or other electronic devices at the courthouse.
In addition to Local Rules or CM/ECF procedures applicable in the District:
Do you have a preferred method for counsel to correct an electronically filed document that inadvertently contains personal information (as prohibited by Fed.R.Civ.P. 5.2)?
See Local Rules and standing orders
Do you prefer that (non-trial) exhibits be filed as separate docket entries (instead of filing them as attachments to the document they support)?
When filing documents with multiple attachments, do you prefer that the document be filed such that it is displayed with bookmarks within the PDF image?
Do you prefer that (non-trial) exhibits and depositions be filed conventionally as well as on CM/ECF?
Do you prefer to have proposed orders (other than those required to be filed in the case) submitted as an attachment to documents filed in CM/ECF, or do you prefer to receive them by email or another method?
They must be submitted via CM/ECF per our website instructions.
Should proposed orders be submitted in a format which can be edited, or is a PDF version acceptable?
Word or Word Perfect format only.
See proposed orders guidelines on Court's website.
When other parties have consented to a motion, do you prefer that the consent is stated in the motion or do you prefer a separately filed notice of consent?
Either is acceptable.
Do you have any requirements, beyond those found in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, or any Local Rules, as to motions for enlargement of time or motions for continuance?
If YES, what do you require?
Continuances should recite that you have discussed the proposed continuance with opposing counsel and whether there is an objection.
Should copies of cases cited in motions and memoranda be forwarded to chambers for published cases?
Should copies of cases cited in motions and memoranda be forwarded to chambers for unpublished opinions?
If copies of cases are submitted, do you accept copies that have portions highlighted by counsel?
What is your practice or policy when counsel fails to serve opposing parties with motions within the times set forth in the rules or your orders?
The motion may be denied or the hearing on the motion continued.
What do you consider to be an emergency matter?
We accept counsel's representations that an emergency exists, unless proven otherwise.
How does one request emergency relief?
In accordance with Local Rules.
What are your procedures concerning ex parte temporary restraining orders?
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
When a dispute arises during a deposition, is it appropriate to call chambers to seek an immediate ruling?
For which matters is the use of negative notice acceptable?
List on Court website.
What is your preferred method for a party to request a hearing date?
The Court schedules hearings.
When you schedule a hearing, do you state whether the hearing will be evidentiary (if Fed.R.B.P. 9014(e) has not been implemented)?
Under what circumstances do you allow telephonic hearings?
Telephonic appearances are welcome via Court Call; all preliminary stay relief hearings are telephonic.
Under what circumstances do you require the debtor's attendance at a hearing?
Only when presentation of evidence or testimony is needed.
What is your practice or policy when counsel fails to provide opposing counsel with copies of proposed exhibits prior to hearing or trial?
The exhibits may be excluded from evidence, or the trial may be continued.
Will you entertain motions in limine prior to trial?
If YES, how far in advance should they be filed?
What is your preference regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration or mediation?
ADR is encouraged.
Do you refer settlement conferences to another Bankruptcy Judge?
Do you grant specially set trial dates (dates certain)?
If YES, under what circumstances will you grant trial dates certain?
Occasionally, trial dates are selected at the conclusion of the pretrial conference.
If NO, what is your policy regarding notice for trial during a trial docket (e.g., will you give at least 48 hour's notice)?
We do not maintain a trial docket.
Do you conduct Daubert hearings prior to trial?
What, if any, procedural requirements do you have regarding the use of videotapes, trial graphics, depositions, and demonstrations?
Contact Chambers no less than one week prior to trial date to make suitable arrangements with IT staff.
Do you prefer opening statements?
Do you require trial briefs?
Do you require proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be filed?
If YES, when do you require the proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be filed?
Usually within 15 days after the conclusion of the trial.
Should the proposed findings and conclusions also be submitted to chambers electronically?
In Word or Word Perfect format.
What should lawyers avoid at all costs when appearing before you (other than the obvious: don't be late, do be courteous, etc.), i.e., do you have any "pet peeves"?
Address only the court; not other attorneys. Be prepared. Have all exhibits pre-marked and, if possible, stipulated for admission into evidence.
Do you have any other practice pointers, advice, observations, or suggestions for members of the Bar appearing before you?
Make arrangements for telephonic appearances in advance. Call Chambers when a matter is settled. Review proposed orders carefully to ensure that they comply with the court's guidelines and do not contain typos or incorrect party names, etc. If proposed orders are returned, do not argue with case administrators; contact chambers. Be courteous and respectful with all Clerk's office staff; they are working extremely hard to manage all cases as efficiently as possible, for the benefit of all.
Links to your court's webpage with information about your practices or other links you recommend for practitioners: