Althea M. Handy
Differentiated Case Management Coordinator
Assignment, Civil Cases
Manager, Clerk’s Office
Once a case is at issue, a Scheduling Order will be mailed by the Clerk’s Office to counsel setting forth a trial date, discovery deadlines, pre-trial conference date, and other pertinent information pertaining to scheduling.
Requests for changes or modifications
All requests for changes or modifications to the Scheduling Order have to be done by Motions, which must be filed in the Office of the Clerk. The Motions should be accompanied by a proposed new schedule, including specific dates if agreed by all parties. The Motions caption should indicate whether all parties have agreed to the proposed new schedule.
Postponements for exigent circumstances within thirty (30) days of trial may be presented Monday through Friday at 1:45 p.m. in Room 231, Courthouse East. All Counsel for the parties must attend.
Pre-Trial Settlement Conferences are conducted thirty (30) days prior to trial at 9:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4:30 p.m. Pre-Trial Settlement Conferences may be conducted by either volunteer attorney mediators or judges. For cases assigned to volunteer attorney mediators, Court policy requires that all parties with settlement authority including attorneys, litigants, corporate representatives, and insurance representatives/adjustors MUST ATTEND IN PERSON.
For conferences assigned to judges, requests to excuse attendance in person by attorneys, litigants, corporate representatives, or insurance representatives/adjustors should be directed to the assigned judge. You may contact the Assignment Office at (410) 333-3755 to determine whether a Pre-Trial Conference has been assigned to a volunteer attorney or judge.
Such assignments are generally not finalized until approximately three (3) months before the conference date.
Specially Assigned Cases
Once cases have been specially assigned to a specific judge, a courtesy copy of all pleadings and documents should be simultaneously provided to the judge’s chambers. Counsel who wish to have a case specially assigned should prepare a request in writing to the Administrative Judge, W. Michel Pierson setting forth the reasons for the request.