The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cormac J. Carney United States District Judge
ORDER REGARDING SETTLEMENT PROCEDURES, PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE AND TRIAL
This matter is assigned for all purposes to the Honorable Cormac J. Carney, United States District Judge, Courtroom 9B, Ronald Reagan Federal Building and United States Courthouse, 411 West Fourth Street, Santa Ana, California, 92701-4516. The Court's mandatory procedures and requirements for Settlement, the Pre-Trial Conference and Trial are as follows:
1. It is the policy of the Court to encourage disposition of civil litigation by settlement when such is in the best interest of the parties. In the Notice of Intent to Schedule the Case, the parties were ordered to include in the Rule 26(f) report their selection of either the Court's ADR Program or private mediation. The Court's ADR Program is described in the "ADR" section of the Court's website http://www.cacd.uscourts.gov), which also contains the list of Attorney Settlement Officers and requisite ADR forms. This Court does not favor requests for settlement conferences before a Magistrate Judge.
Unless otherwise ordered, no later than forty-five (45) days before the Pre-Trial Conference, the parties must participate in the selected settlement procedure. The Court may, on its own motion, order the parties to settlement following the Pre-Trial Conference. Given the high costs of litigation and the enormous commitment of resources that a trial requires, the parties must explore every option for resolving their disputes, short of trial. The failure of any party to comply with the local rules and engage in meaningful settlement discussions may result in the imposition of sanctions against that non-complying party.
2. Compliance with the requirements of Local Rule 16 is mandatory. Counsel will lodge carefully prepared Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law (which may also serve as the trial briefs) and a Final Pre-Trial Conference Order in accordance with the provisions of Local Rules 16-4 and 16-7. The Memoranda of Contentions of Fact and Law will be served no later than twenty-one (21) calendar days before the Pre-Trial Conference. The Final Pre-Trial Conference Order will be lodged five (5) court days before the Pre-Trial Conference. The form of the Final Pre-Trial Conference Order will be in conformity with the form set forth in Appendix A to the Local Rules.
3. All Motions in Limine will be heard at the Pre-Trial Conference. The purpose of these motions is to alert the Court to significant evidentiary issues that can be addressed and resolved prior to trial. All Motions in Limine must be filed and served in compliance with Local Rule 6-1. Opposition papers must be filed and served in compliance with Local Rule 7-9. Reply papers must be filed and served in compliance with Local Rule 7-10.
4. Counsel will prepare a joint statement of the case which will be read by the Court to the prospective panel of jurors prior to the commencement of voir dire. The statement should not be more than two or three paragraphs. The statement will be filed with the Court five (5) court days before the Pre-Trial Conference or one (1) week prior to the trial if the Pre-Trial Conference is waived.
EXHIBIT LIST AND EXHIBIT PREPARATION
5. A joint exhibit list will be prepared in compliance with Local Rule 16-6. The joint exhibit list will contain the information required by F.R.Civ.P. 26(a)(3)(C). The joint exhibit list will be filed no later than five (5) court days prior to the Pre-Trial Conference or one (1) week prior to the trial if the Pre-Trial Conference is waived. In order to produce the joint exhibit list, the parties will meet and confer sufficiently in advance of the required submission date.
6. Exhibits are to be delivered to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk not later than 8:30 a.m. on the first day of trial. All exhibits will be placed in loose leaf binders which are tabbed down the right side with exhibit numbers. The spine of the notebook is to be marked with the case name and number and the numbers of the exhibits contained therein. The notebooks are to be prepared with an original for the Clerk, which will be tagged with the appropriate exhibit tags in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of each exhibit, and one copy for the Court. Each notebook will contain a list of the included exhibits. The exhibits are to be numbered in accordance with Local Rule 26-3. Counsel may obtain exhibit tags (yellow for plaintiff and blue for ...