Henry Lee Adams, Jr.
Senior United States District Judge
Judge Adams was appointed a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida in December 1993. He received his B.S. in 1966 from Florida A & M University and his J.D. from Howard University College of Law in 1969. He was awarded a Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship in April 1969 and after completing a Consumer Rights and Poverty Law training program at Haverford College, Ardmore, Pennsylvania, was assigned to the Duval County Legal Aid Association (n/k/a Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc). In November 1970, he was appointed Assistant Public Defender of the Fourth Judicial Circuit and remained in that position until January 1972, when he joined the law firm of Sheppard, Fletcher, Hand & Adams. In 1976, he joined the law firm of Marshall and Adams where he maintained a general practice of law. In October 1979, he was appointed Circuit Judge in and for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval and Nassau Counties), where he served until his appointment to the federal bench.
The hyperlink below is a list of investments, of which the judge is aware, owned by family members or by him, which are subject to reporting on his annual Financial Disclosure Report, or which could constitute a financial interest that might necessitate recusal. This information is provided so that participants in this case will be able to advise the Court if there is any actual or apparent conflict of interest in the assignment of a case to this Judge. This information is not to be used for any other purpose. Attention is directed to the Ethics Reform Act of 1989, published in Title 5 of the United States Code Annotated, Appendix 4, Sections 101-112, for information concerning the procedure for obtaining copies of the Financial Disclosure Report.
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All dispositive motions should include citation to authority including pinpoint cites. Initially, the Court will accept deposition excerpts in support of summary judgment motions. However, the Court may request submission of the entire deposition at a later date.
Judge Adams does not regularly provide oral argument on dispositive motions.
A courtesy copy of any document filed that exceeds twenty-five (25) pages (including exhibits) in length must be provided to Chambers as promptly as possible after the document's filing via United States Mail or other reliable service.
Judge Adams does not allow telephonic hearings.
The motion in limine filing deadline will be established at the pretrial conference.
Parties are directed to comply with the Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing in Civil and Criminal Cases in the submission of proposed orders. Proposed orders should not be docketed with the motion on CM/ECF.
SettlementJudge Adams generally requires the use of alternative dispute resolution such as court-annexed, non-binding arbitration and mediation. Judge Adams does not conduct settlement conferences. Parties shall notify the court immediately upon settlement of cases. Any case scheduled for trial will remain on the trial docket until an order of dismissal is entered.
Judge Adams personally conducts pretrial conferences. There is no standing order regarding pretrial conferences. Orders are entered following the pretrial conference.
Jury/Bench TrialsAll cases are set for trial during a monthly trial term. Approximately fifteen (15) days prior to the scheduled trial term, a trial calendar listing the cases will be distributed to all counsel and pro se parties. The cases are not necessarily tried in the order they appear on the calendar. Judge Adams does not conduct a calendar call. Counsel/pro se parties will be notified by the courtroom deputy when a case has been called up for trial. All efforts are made to provide as much notice as possible. Specific trial dates certain are not regularly granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. If a case is not reached during the scheduled trial term, the case will be automatically rescheduled on the next trial docket.
Proposed jury instructions with citations, verdict forms and voir dire should be filed by the deadline set forth in an order entered following the pretrial conference, which is generally 15 days before the trial term. In addition, a copy of proposed jury instructions without citations, and verdict form should be emailed in Word or WordPerfect format to Chambers at:
Judge Adams personally conducts voir dire.
Each side is limited to a total of three preemptory challenges. In multiple party cases, each side shares the preemptory challenges.
Counsel are generally limited to 30 minutes for opening statement. Exhibits may be used in opening statements, with prior approval.
Daubert hearings are conducted prior to trial, where appropriate.
Exhibit lists and witness lists should be electronically filed by the Friday preceding trial. In addition, three (3) copies of the exhibit list and the witness list should be provided to the courtroom deputy the morning of trial. All questions regarding the marking of exhibits should be directed to the courtroom deputy.
Trial briefs are required in bench trials. The briefs have a ten-page limitation. The deadline for filing briefs is set forth in the order entered following the pretrial conference.
Proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law are generally required within 30 days after conclusion of bench trials.
Courtroom TechnologyCounsel are directed to make an appointment with the courtroom deputy prior to trial/hearing to become familiar with the availability, operation and compatibility of the courtroom technology systems, should they wish to utilize it.
Status conferences are not conducted in cases assigned to Judge Adams.
Change of PleaA Change of plea must be entered before the assigned magistrate judge by the deadline established on the trial calendar for the specific trial term.
SentencingCounsel should notify chambers if a scheduled sentencing is anticipated to last longer than 30 minutes.
Discovery issues are generally referred to the assigned magistrate judge.