The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Noel L. Hillman
Arbitration: Yes_X_ No __
ORDER FOR SCHEDULING CONFERENCE TO: All Counsel
IT IS on this 16th Day of JULY, 2008 ORDERED THAT:
(1) A Scheduling Conference shall be conducted before the undersigned on SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 at 11:30 am in room 2060 of the Mitchell H. Cohen Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, Camden, New Jersey. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 and Local Civil Rule 16.1. The purpose of the conference is to focus counsel's attention on the issues actually in dispute and arrive at a schedule to manage discovery. The Court strives in all cases for a just, speedy and inexpensive determination of every action. Fed. R. Civ. P. 1. COUNSEL MUST BE PREPARED TO COMPLETE ALL DISCOVERY AND BE READY FOR TRIAL WITHIN SIX (6) TO EIGHT (8) MONTHS OF THE SCHEDULING CONFERENCE IN MOST CASES. The Scheduling Order will reflect these goals.
(2) Counsel are advised that the early disclosure requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 (a)(1) will be strictly enforced. Therefore, counsel shall immediately exchange the following information that may be used by a party to support a claim or defense: contested facts, identities of individuals likely to have knowledge of discoverable facts, documents and things in the possession of counsel or the party, including
All records of treatment by health care professionals, if a personal injury is claimed, insurance agreements in force, and statement of the basis for any damages claimed.
COUNSEL SHOULD NOT FILE ANY OF THE AFOREMENTIONED WITH THE COURT.
(3) At least twenty-one (21) days prior to the conference scheduled herein, counsel shall confer pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 26 (f), and shall submit a discovery plan to the undersigned not later than 24 hours prior to the conference with the Court. The discovery plan shall include a brief summary of the facts of the case, the status of settlement negotiations and shall address the parties' views and proposals concerning discovery as set forth in Local Civil Rule 26.1 (b)(2). Prior to the Rule 26 (f) conference, counsel shall also comply with Local Civil Rule 26.1 (d) concerning discovery of digital information.
(4) Counsel are further advised that unless the parties stipulate otherwise, and the Court concurs, the Rules limit the number of interrogatories (25) and depositions (10) which each party may seek. See Rules 26 (b), (d). Fed. R. Civ. P. 30 (d) (2) limits depositions to one day of seven hours. The Court may also regulate the conduct of depositions. See Hall v. Clifton Precision, 150 F.R.D. 525 (E.D. PA. 1993); Fed. R. Civ. P. 30(d) (1).
(5) At the conference with the Court, all parties who are not appearing pro se shall be represented by counsel who shall be familiar with the file and shall have full authority to bind their clients in all pre-trial matters. Counsel shall also be prepared to discuss settlement. Clients or persons with authority over the matter shall be available by telephone. See Local Civil Rule 16.1 (a) (4);
(6) Counsel shall consult with their clients before the conference and be prepared to advise the Magistrate Judge whether the parties consent to trial before the Magistrate Judge. Local Civil Rule 73.1 (a).
(7) Counsel shall discuss with clients the Court's mediation program. L.Civ.R. 301.1 (see attached notice). The Court will discuss mediation and other options at the Initial Scheduling Conference.
(8) Counsel for plaintiff(s) shall notify any party who hereafter enters an appearance, of the above conference and forward to that party a copy hereof, together with a copy of any ...