The Honorable Wm. Terrell Hodges
|Case & Trial Management Preferences|
Judge Hodges was appointed as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida in 1971 after thirteen years of private practice with a law firm in Tampa. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, from the University of Florida. He was Chief Judge of the District 1982-1989, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Pattern Jury Instructions in the Fifth Circuit, and later the Eleventh Circuit, from 1977 to 2005; President, District Judges Association of the Eleventh Circuit, 1981-1982; President, Tampa Chapter, American Inns of Court, 1987-1989; Circuit Council, Eleventh Circuit, 1981-1986; Judicial Conference Committee on the Operation of the Jury System, 1982-1987; Subcommittee on Pattern Jury Instructions of the Federal Judicial Center, 1982-1987; Bench Book Committee of the Federal Judicial Center, Chairman, 1987-1993; Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules, 1987-1993, Chairman, 1990-1993; Member Judicial Conference Ad Hoc Committee on Habeas Corpus Reform (Chaired by Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.); Member, District Judges Advisory Group, United States Sentencing Commission, 1996; Member, Judicial Conference of the United States, District Judge Representative of the Eleventh Circuit, 1993-1999; Chairman, District Judge Representatives to the Judicial Conference, 1997; Member, Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference, 1994-1999, Chairman, 1996-1999; Chairman, Ad Hoc Committee of the Judicial Conference to study relations with the Federal Judicial Center, 1997-1998; Chairman, United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, 2000 - 2007.
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.
Judge Hodges does not regularly provide oral argument on dispositive motions. Discovery matters are referred to the assigned Magistrate Judge.
Judge Hodges does not usually conduct settlement conferences. Parties in civil cases are urged to mediate their disputes under Chapter Nine of the Local Rules.
Judge Hodges prefers to conduct pretrial conferences himself, but will refer such conferences to the Magistrate Judge if his trial schedule requires.
All cases set for trial during a monthly trial term will be listed on a trial calendar and distributed to all counsel and unrepresented parties during the preceding month immediately following the pretrial conferences. Criminal cases will usually be listed first and the cases will be called for trial in the sequence listed in the calendar. Judge Hodges will conduct the voir dire examination of the jury panel and counsel are encouraged to file suggested voir dire questions at any time before trial. A written hand out will be available at the pretrial conference describing Judge Hodges' jury selection procedure (number of challenges allowed, manner of exercising challenges, etc.). Counsel are requested to withhold any requested jury instructions or trial briefs unless otherwise directed by Judge Hodges at pretrial conference. Exhibit lists and witness lists (an original and three copies) must be filed with the Courtroom Deputy on the morning of trial prior to jury selection.
Judge Hodges will conduct a status conference in each case shortly before trial. The Defendant(s) need not be present.
Change of Plea
Judge Hodges usually refers changes of plea to the assigned Magistrate Judge.
(See discussion, supra, regarding Civil jury trials).