The Honorable John Antoon, II
United States District Judge
Barbara R. Smith
Administrative Law Clerk
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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TRIAL MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES
A trial calendar will be distributed to all counsel of record for the upcoming trial term approximately two weeks prior to the commencement of the term. Normally, criminal cases are tried first, civil jury trials are called up next and then civil non-jury trials. Cases are listed in the order in which they will be tried, although experience indicates that at times cases may be called out of order. Cases not reached during this trial term will be placed at the beginning of the following month’s trial term after all criminal cases have been tried. For the convenience of counsel, the names and telephone numbers of all counsel are furnished so that counsel may keep themselves informed of the progress of the cases listed prior to their own.
Counsel and their witnesses are expected to be available on twenty-four hours notice.
Counsel are reminded to advise the Court promptly of any development subsequent to the entry of the trial calendar which would in any way affect the trial of the case. Changes of pleas must be entered with the Magistrate Judge assigned to the case by the last day of the month prior to the trial term. Defendants will be required to plead to the indictment without regard to any agreement with the Government. In civil jury cases where the Court is not notified of settlement before a jury is called, the parties will be assessed jury costs.
The Court will conduct the jury voir dire, giving due consideration to questions proposed by the parties. The Court may permit counsel for each party to briefly supplement the Court’s voir dire examination.
The Court will normally be in session from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. each day with one hour and fifteen minutes for lunch. However, this schedule may change as circumstances require.
Counsel, parties and witnesses appearing in Court shall dress appropriately, which includes the requirement that gentlemen wear coat and tie.
Cellular telephone and computer equipment are prohibited where federal judicial proceedings of any kind are conducted, unless otherwise permitted by the judicial officer before whom the particular case or proceeding is pending. A separate order will be issued upon motion for use of cell phones and laptop computers or any other special equipment deemed necessary by the parties.
The parties should advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at (407) 835-4304 as soon as possible before commencement of trial if they request use of the Court’s evidence presentation equipment (i.e., DOAR Equipment, easel, chalkboard, etc.). Counsel should also make arrangements to familiarize themselves with the operation of the equipment prior to trial.
CASE MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES
As soon as practicable after the filing of any civil action, the Clerk will designate the case for future management on one of three tracks. For civil cases designated as a track two case, the plaintiff is directed to access the case management form in the presiding Judge’s website and to file the completed case management form in accordance with Local Rule 3.05.
Ordinarily, the Court will enter a scheduling order within 30 days of the filing of the Case Management Report. A preliminary pre-trial conference will not be held unless requested by the parties or deemed necessary by the Court. Preliminary pre-trial conferences are normally conducted by the Magistrate Judge assigned to the case.
The court will notify the parties by separate notice of the pre-trial conference date, normally the last week of the month prior to the trial term. Motions in limine will be heard at that time, and any objections to exhibits and witnesses will also be addressed at the pretrial conference. Counsel should be prepared to address all pretrial matters at this time.
When filing motions with the Clerk, it is not necessary to provide separate “courtesy” copies for the Judge. There are two exceptions to this policy. The Court requires a paper copy of all summary judgment motions, memoranda, and exhibits (including deposition transcripts), marked “Courtesy Copy for Judge Antoon,” to be mailed or delivered to the Court within five (5) days of electronic filing. In addition, if a motion is filed in open court, a copy should be provided to the Judge for his review.
Multiple motions in limine are not favored. All requests to limit evidence shall therefore be included in a single motion not to exceed 25 pages without leave of court. Responses are limited to 20 pages without leave of court.
Mediation is required in substantially all cases and should be completed at least 5 months prior to the scheduled trial date. The parties can stipulate to a mediator in their case management report. If they fail to do so, the Court will appoint one from its list of certified mediators..
Because of the limited amount of space in the courtroom, the DOAR equipment will be used only during complex trials which require publication of numerous documents.
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