- Immediate telephone hearing with the judge.
2)UNIFORM MOTION CALENDAR:
- Will not consider a regular Uniform Motion Calendar. Currently Judge Federico has at least one hour each day for any emergency hearings.
- Are permitted. Must be set forth in the notice of hearing.
- Attorney may attend in person.
- Evidentiary matters will not be considered.
- Must be pre-approved by opposing counsel before forwarding to the court and must so state in the cover letter.
- At pre-trial unless there are very unusual circumstances.
- Use the new standard form adopted by Family Law Section.
7)MOTIONS IN LIMINE:
- To be heard on the morning of trial.
8)SCHEDULING OF TEMPORARY MATTERS - Custody, Support, Alimony and Attorney fees:
- May be scheduled before the judge.
9) TIME BEFORE TEMPORARY MATTER MAY BE SCHEDULE:
- Non-emergency hearing within three to four weeks.
- Emergency hearings within the same week.
10) PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES:
- Required for trials exceeding two hours.
- If the judge is unavailable, the attorney should go to the Emergency/Duty judge regardless of whether or not the duty judge is assigned to the Family Law Section.
- Notify opposing counsel once the name of the judge is known.
- Testimony by the client, in addition to the affidavit filed is required.
- Trials set for more than one day will be held on consecutive days.
13) ATTORNEY FEES:
- All issues regarding attorney fees shall be left for subsequent hearings.
14)TESTIMONY OF CHILDREN:
- Is permitted depending on circumstances of the case.
15)ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION vs. TRIAL:
- Mediation prior to pre-trial conference.
16)COURTROOM DEMEANOR COMMENTS:
- Request permission to approach the bench.
- Permission to approach the witness is required.
- All evidence is to be pre-marked by counsel, and the judge will mark exhibits as received into evidence.
- After showing the exhibit to opposing counsel it may be shown to the witness without first showing it to the judge.
- Recommended prior to trial unless good cause is shown why mediation would not be appropriate.
19) COURTROOM DEMEANOR:
- Never address opposing counsel or opposing party directly. Always address statements or comments to the court.
- Professionalism and courtesy toward opposing party and litigants is always appreciated.
20) PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE:
- No comment.