Carlos E. Mendoza

United States District Judge

Orlando Division

Courtroom Deputy Clerk

Case & Trial Management Preferences

Courtroom Decorum and Procedure

Refer to Local Rule 5.03.

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 District Judge by the last day of the month prior to the trial term. If Defendants wish to enter a plea during the trial term, they will be required to plead to the indictment without regard to any agreement with the Government.

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 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. 

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 15 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.

Pre-Trial Conference:
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 electronically with the Clerk, it is not necessary to provide separate “courtesy” copies. However, all PDF documents filed electronically should be in full-page, text-searchable format. 

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..

Case & Trial Management Forms:


* Case Management Report

  * Case Management Report - Patent Cases Adobe  
  * Consent to Magistrate Judge for Trial Word  
  * Consent to Magistrate Judge for Dispositive Motions Word  
  * Exhibit List


  * Exhibit Certification Form


  * Interested Persons Order - Civil Adobe  

* Notice of Pendency of Related Cases

  * Court tags - use white paper Adobe  
  * Defendant tags - use yellow paper  
  * Government tags - use blue paper  
  * Joint tags - use green paper  
  * Plaintiff tags - use blue paper