The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge D. Lowell Jensen
ORDER FOR CRIMINAL PRETRIAL PREPARATION
Good cause appearing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
A. TRIAL DATE. Trial before the JURY shall begin on 9/8/09 at 9:00AM in Courtroom 1.
B. TRIAL LENGTH. The estimated length of trial is two weeks.
C. MOTIONS. All motions shall be heard on 9/4/09 at11:00AM in Courtroom 1. All motions shall be filed and served by 8/21/09. Any opposition shall be filed and served by 8/28/09_. Before filing any motion, counsel for each party shall confer concerning any matter covered by Crim L.R. 17.1-1 relevant to the case, in particular subparagraphs (1), (2) and (3).
D. PRETRIAL CONFERENCE. A Pretrial Conference shall be held on 9/4/09, at 11:00AM in Courtroom 1. Not less than three days before the Pretrial Conference, counsel for the Government shall:
(1) Serve and file a trial memorandum briefly stating the legal bases for the charges and the anticipated evidence, and addressing any evidentiary, procedural or other anticipated legal issues;
(2) Serve and file a list of all witnesses who may be called, together with a brief summary of the testimony of each;
(3) Serve and file proposed jury instructions on all substantive issues and on any procedural issue not adequately covered by the Court's standard instructions (which are published in the Ninth Circuit Manual of Model Jury Instructions);
(4) Serve and lodge a proposed form of verdict and proposed questions for jury voir dire; and
(5) Serve and lodge copies of all exhibits to be offered at trial, together with a complete list of those exhibits. Each item shall be premarked using the form attached; generally, the government shall use numbers and the defendant shall use letters. (See attachment)
Not less than three days before the Pretrial Conference, defense counsel shall comply with subparagraphs (3) and (4) above, and, to the extent consistent with the defendant's right to an effective defense, with subparagraphs (1), (2) and (5) above.
In particular, counsel shall confer in advance and be prepared to discuss with the Court any anticipated evidentiary objections and any means for shortening and simplifying the trial (e.g., by stipulating to such matters as chain of custody, nature of substances, use of the mails, etc.)
E. COPIES. Each document filed or lodged with the Court must be accompanied by a copy for use in the Judge's chambers.
F. TRANSCRIPTS. If transcripts will be requested during or immediately after trial, arrangements must be made with the Court Reporter at least one week before trial commences. Call (510)637-3534
G. CHANGE OF PLEA. Counsel shall give prompt notice to the United States Attorney and to the Court of any intention to change a previously entered not guilty plea. If there is no plea agreement, an Application for Permission to Enter Plea of Guilty and Order Accepting Plea must be completed. Call (510)637-3540 to obtain a copy of this Application.
GUIDELINES FOR PREPARATION OF JURY INSTRUCTIONS
The purpose of jury instructions is to inform jurors of the legal principles they must apply in deciding the case. It is essential, therefore, that instructions be written and organized so that they will be understood by the jurors. To this end counsel are requested to follow these guidelines in preparing jury instructions.
There will ordinarily be no need to submit procedural instructions. Standard procedural instructions for civil and criminal cases can be found in the Ninth Circuit Manual of Model Jury Instructions. Counsel may request revisions, additions or deletions in the standard instructions appropriate for the case.
Substantive instructions should be submitted as directed by the Order for Pretrial Preparation. Counsel may submit both preliminary instructions and instructions to be given at the close of the case. Instructions should be drafted for the particular case. This means that their text will be confined to what the jury needs to decide that case.
Instructions should be organized so as to state, first, the essential elements of the offense, claim or defense, followed by explanation or clarification of each element as needed in light of the facts of the case. Commonly, the explanation will give the jury the relevant factors to be considered.
The instructions as a whole should be organized into a logical sequence conforming to the analytical approach the jury should take to the case. If the Instructions cover controversial points of law, those should be discussed, with ...