Gordon Miles Davis
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:
1 North Palafax St. Pensacola, FL 32502
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?
Pretrial Detention/Pretrial Procedure (Criminal)
At bond hearings, do you permit the government to proceed by proffer or do you require a government agent to be present to testify?
Proffer is permitted but discouraged.
If a proffer is permitted, can the defendant’s counsel call the government case agent and cross-examine him/her?
What is your policy concerning nolo contendere or Alford pleas?
Pretrial Procedure (Civil)
Do you conduct preliminary pretrial hearings, e.g., pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 16?
Do you hear preliminary injunction motions?
Should copies of published cases cited in motions and memoranda be forwarded to chambers?
If copies of cases are submitted, do you accept copies that have portions highlighted by counsel?
Do you regularly set aside time during a given week/month for hearings on motions?
Under what circumstances do you allow telephonic hearings?
Will you entertain motions in limine prior to trial?
If YES, how far in advance should they be filed?
With pre-trial submission.
Do you receive referrals on discovery matters from a District Judge?
When a dispute arises during a deposition, is it appropriate to call your chambers (if the case has been referred for discovery) to seek an immediate ruling?
What is your preference regarding the use of alternative dispute resolution methods such as arbitration or mediation?
Do you grant specially set trial dates (dates certain)?
If YES, under what circumstances will you grant trial dates certain?
All trials are scheduled for a date certain absent exceptional circumstances.
What is your practice or procedure regarding rescheduling trials that are not reached on a trial docket, e.g., will the trial date be automatically rescheduled on your next trial docket?
Trial date will be coordinated with counsel.
Do you conduct pretrial conferences?
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?
The court has only a VCR and TV. Any other demonstrative aids are the responsibility of counsel.
Do you require trial briefs in jury trials?
Do you require trial briefs in bench trials?
If you require trial briefs, when are they due?
Do you have any requirements for trial briefs?
See attached standard pre-trial order.
Do you permit counsel to perform voir dire?
If NO, can counsel submit proposed voir dire questions?
If YES, when should such questions be submitted?
What are your peremptory challenge procedures?
In multiple party cases, do you grant each party three peremptory challenges?
Do you impose any standard time limits on counsel's opening statements?
Do you permit jurors to take notes?
Do you permit jurors to ask questions?
When do you require counsel to file proposed jury instructions?
When standard jury instructions are available, do you prefer that attorneys submit condensed versions of the standard instructions?
Do you require proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law to be filed in bench trials?