Gerald Bard Tjoflat
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.
Communication with Chambers
IOP 4 to 11th Circuit Rule 25-6 provides that all documents must be sent to the Clerk's Office unless the court directs otherwise. In addition to IOP 4:
Do you permit counsel to contact chambers on questions of procedure?
Appellate Practice - Oral Argument
What, if any, comments or suggestions do you have regarding effective oral advocacy before the Eleventh Circuit?
The response to this question could fill a book. That said, the most important point is to be prepared, know the record, and the strong points of your adversary's case.
Appellate Practice - Brief Writing
What, if any, comments or suggestions do you have regarding effective brief writing?
Write in simple, plain-to-read English