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Morel v. Drilling

March 17, 2009


The opinion of the court was delivered by: Charles S. Miller, Jr. United States Magistrate Judge



A final pretrial conference will be held before the magistrate judge by telephone on Monday, April 26, 2010, at 1:30 p.m CST.


Prior to the date of the final pretrial conference, counsel shall confer in person or by telephone for the purpose of preparing a joint Final Pretrial Statement and examining and marking exhibits as detailed below:

Preparing Final Pretrial Statement and Stipulations: Counsel will jointly prepare for presentation to the court at pretrial a Final Pretrial Statement in substantially the same form as the attached sample. Rule 26(a)(3) disclosures shall be incorporated in the Final Pretrial Statement. ** The jointly prepared Final Pretrial Statement shall be submitted to the magistrate judge (but not filed) at P.O. Box 670, Bismarck, ND 58502-0670, for approval by no later than two days prior to the Final Pretrial Conference.**

Counsel are not required to stipulate or waive anything. They are required to confer in advance of the conference and prepare and sign a Final Pretrial Statement covering the matters set out in this order for pretrial conference for presentation to the court at the final pretrial conference. If counsel are able to stipulate uncontested facts and stipulate admissibility of exhibits or at least waiver of foundation for exhibits, it will expedite the trial of the case. Counsel are expected to waive foundation for exhibits, unless there is a strong, specific objection to a particular exhibit.

The Final Pretrial Statement will be signed by all counsel, signifying acceptance, and upon approval of the court, with such additions as are necessary, will be signed by the court as an order reflecting the final pretrial conference.

Marking Exhibits: Counsel are directed to complete the physical marking and numbering of all papers and objects expected to be introduced as exhibits. The exhibits are to be marked with an exhibit sticker. All exhibits in the case are to be numbered consecutively using a "P" for plaintiff and "D" for defendant (for example P1-P20, D21-D40), and listed in the form of the attached sample (including horizontal and vertical lines as indicated). Counsel will retain the exhibits in their possession but shall submit the list as an attachment to the Final Pretrial Statement. Counsel must disclose and list all exhibits relating to an issue on which their client has the burden of proof or the burden of going forward with the evidence. Each listed exhibit shall be designated as "will offer" or "may offer." Documents to be used solely for rebuttal purposes need not be numbered or listed until identified at trial.

Failure to list an exhibit required by this order to be listed or to disclose such exhibit to adverse counsel will result, except upon a showing of good cause, in the nonadmissibility of the exhibit into evidence at the trial. Each party shall make its exhibits available for inspection by other parties prior to the pretrial conference.

The non-offering party shall list in the final pretrial statement any objections to admissibility of exhibits by the offering party. Objections not so disclosed (other than objections under Federal Rules of Evidence 402 and 403) shall be deemed waived unless excused by the Court for good cause shown. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)(3).


Trial Memorandum: Counsel for the respective parties shall file a trial memorandum with proof of service upon opposing counsel with the clerk, for presentment to the court, at least five (5) working days before the commencement of trial. The trial memorandum shall contain: A general statement of the case, citation of the authority upon which the party relies on unresolved legal issues, a general statement of the evidence to be offered, and a statement of any evidentiary or procedural problem expected to arise, with citations of authority.

Depositions: At least 14 days before trial the offering party shall file and serve a designation of those portions of any depositions which will be presented at trial, and the manner in which each of those depositions was recorded. A transcript of the pertinent portions of any deposition not stenographically recorded shall accompany the designation. The other parties shall have until 7 days ...

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