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i.e., a hookup of more than two people other than the court.
5. Special settings: Yes, in appropriate cases.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: No.
7. Letter briefs: Not permitted by local rules.
8. Filings on computer disk: Not normally.
9. Voir dire: The court will conduct voir dire. The court will
permit individualized voir dire in appropriate cases.
10. Court hours/breaks: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or later; one hour for
lunch; 15-minute morning and afternoon recesses.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: In Atlanta and Gainesville, totally electronic courtroom with monitors for jurors,
attorneys, judge, courtroom deputy and court reporter. In
addition to a document camera, exhibits can be presented by
PowerPoint to all monitors.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: May be used when appropriate.
13. Trial exhibits: Trial exhibits should be marked with exhibit
tabs prior to trial in accordance with the pretrial order.
14. Courtroom decorum: Counsel should conduct themselves
professionally and address parties, attorneys and the court
respectfully and courteously and should not use parties’ given
names but should address them with their formal surnames.
Counsel should not approach the jury rail. Counsel should
normally conduct examinations from one of the two lecterns
in the courtroom.
15. Jury charges: Governed by local rules and pretrial order.
16. Pattern charges: Requests to charge are governed by
local rule; however, a request on a pattern charge could be
requested by number.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury
a) Criminal: When such motions are appropriate, the court
will generally deal with them when the issue arises. In some
instances, in civil cases, they may be delayed until the issue
b) Civil: Same as above.
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a) Granting continuances: Extensions of discovery and continuances aren’t granted absent good cause.
b) Extending discovery: Extensions of discovery and continuances aren’t granted absent good cause.
19. Order preparation guidelines: Do not send me a proposed
order with the signature line on a blank page, that is, a page
without any text or portion of the proposed order and with my
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Do not be too familiar with your witnesses; do not call them by first name. Do not
get too close to the jury rail. Respect the jurors’ space.
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Lack of courtesy to one another.
U.s. Magistrate judge Gerrilyn G. Brill
College: Northwestern University,
Law school: Emory University,
Born: Jan. 17, 1951
previous Experience: Private
practice, 1975-78; U.S. Attorney’s
Office, 1978-95; current position,
1995 to present.
U.s. Magistrate judge E. Clayton scofield
College: Duke University,1972
Law school: University of Georgia
School of Law, 1975
previous Experience: Law clerk,
Chief Judge Anthony A. Alaimo,
U.S. Southern District of Georgia,
1975-77; Hurt, Richardson, Garner
Todd and Cadenhead, Atlanta,
1977-89; Gleaton Scofield Egan & Jones, Atlanta 1990-98; U.S.
senior U.s. Magistrate judge William C.
College: Emory University, 1951
Law school: Emory University, 1953
Born: Jan. 2, 1930
previous Experience: U.S. Air Force
judge advocate, 1953-57; private
practice, 1957-59; assistant U.S.
attorney, 1959-61; partner, O’Kelley,
Hopkins & Van Gerpen, 1961-70;
appointed to U.S. District Court by
President Richard M. Nixon, 1970.
policies, procedures and
1. Division designation: Title VII
cases, non-capital habeas corpus
cases and criminal pretrial matters;
referred to magistrate judge for a report and recommendation.
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes, unless a
consented-to pretrial order is submitted by the parties.
3. Require dispute resolution: Not required.
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes, in matters that are not protracted and that do not involve more than one lawyer per side,