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10. Court hours/breaks: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., unless by staying
longer we can finish the case. It is usually left up to the jurors
as to whether they want to remain after 5 p.m.
11. Available audio-visual equipment: The court’s law library is
equipped with TVs and VCRs, available by reservation and with
a minimal deposit.
12. Using audio-visual equipment: Equipment should be set
up prior to use.
13. Trial exhibits: Trial exhibits should be marked and agreed
upon prior to their introduction. Any objections should be
taken up at the beginning of trial or prior to their being identified.
14. Courtroom decorum: All questions, objections or comments should be directed to the judge and not to the opposing parties.
15. Jury charges: Jury charges must be submitted prior to trial
with the pretrial order.
16. Pattern charges: Yes.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury
a) Criminal: Yes
b) Civil: Yes
18. What constitutes good cause for:
a) Granting continuances: N/A.
b) Extending discovery: N/A.
19. Order preparation guidelines: No
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: No.
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: N/A.
22. Other recommendations: No.
judge Eric Richardson
College: University of Rochester,
Law school: Cornell University Law
Born: Aug. 19, 1964, Syracuse, N. Y.
previous Experience: Deputy city
attorney, city of Atlanta, 2011-
2013; senior assistant city, 2009-
11; partner, Troutman Sanders, 2002-09; associate attorney,
Troutman Sanders, 1998-2002; associate attorney, Latham &
judge jay Roth
College: Penn State, 1978
Law school: Atlanta Law School, 1986
Born: Scranton, Pa.
previous Experience: General trial practitioner; Fulton County
investigator; Fulton County assistant solicitor; senior staff attorney
16. Do you require submission of requests to charge on issues
governed by a pattern charge: Attorneys should identify by
number the pattern charges that they are requesting in addition to any requests not covered by the pattern charges.
17. Resolving pretrial issues prior to striking jury a) Criminal: b)
Civil: The court makes every effort to hear and resolve all pre-trial issues in advance of striking a jury. See scheduling order.
18. What constitutes good cause for: a) Granting continuances:
b) Extending discovery: Every reasonable and timely request
will be considered. If you have a schedule conflict, let us know
as much in advance as possible.
19. Order preparations: Proposed orders are most helpful if
they are submitted in Word format. This is possible in the e-file
system. If a proposed order is requested by the court, please
send it via email to Judge Morrison’s staff attorney at joshua.
20. Suggestions/admonitions for counsel: Show up for court
21. Irritating lawyer conduct: Not showing up for court when
22. Other recommendations: Use the state court e-file system
every chance you get. E-file makes it much easier for the court
and court staff to timely address any motions or other needs.
Consider converting your paper filed cases to E-file.
judge patsy Y. porter
College: Georgia State University,
Law school: Woodrow Wilson
College of Law, 1981
Born: Nov. 17, 1956, Atlanta
previous Experience: Assistant
solicitor, Fulton County Solicitor’s
Office, 1985-88; assistant district attorney, Fulton County
District Attorney’s Office, 1988-90; assistant staff counsel,
Office of the County Attorney; current position, 1996-present.
policies, procedures and Recommendations:
1. Division designation: B.
2. Pretrial conferences and pretrial orders: Yes.
3. Require dispute resolution: It depends upon the case and
where the parties are in their negotiations.
4. Telephone conferencing: Yes.
5. Special settings: No.
6. Attaching supporting authorities: Yes.
7. Letter briefs: Yes.
8. Filings on computer disk: Yes.
9. Voir dire: Prospective jurors are seated in the audience area
in ascending order from left to right. The parties are to ask
general questions of the entire panel. Individualized voir dire
is not permitted.