Honorable Debra Roberts
Judicial Practice Preferences
Criminal

Pretrial

Plea Negotiation:

Prefers active involvement in plea negotiation process.

May become involved in designating additional conditions or making a separate plea offer.

Continuances:

A Stipulation for continuance of a hearing can be prepared and filed with the Clerk along with a new “reset” date.

Discovery Issues:

When discovery disputes occur, counsel must confer and make a good faith attempt to resolve them without a hearing.  If a hearing must be held, it should be timely scheduled in order to avoid potential trial delay.

Deposition Disputes:

Depositions allowed only if a good cause shown.

Miscellaneous Problem Resolution:

Will not discuss any aspect of the case unless both counsel are present.

 Trial

Motions in Limine:

Prefer Motion be heard before the day of trial at a scheduled hearing.

Courtroom Etiquette:

Counsel should request permission to approach the bench, the witness, or the clerk.

When the jury enters or exits the courtroom, counsel and the defendant should stand.

Stand up when an objection is made.

Voir Dire Procedure Preference:

Prefer attorneys inquire of the entire panel.  Seating chart with jurors’ names will be provided.

Contact Visits:

Normally, contact visits will not be authorized.