Karla R. Spaulding

United States Magistrate Judge

Orlando Division
TEL: 407-835-4320


Karla R. Spaulding was appointed United States Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division in December 1997.  She received a B.A., magna cum laude, from Western Michigan University in 1975, and a J.D. from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1980.  While in law school, she served as Executive Editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.   From 1983 through 1993, Judge Spaulding was an Assistant United States Attorney, serving as Chief of the Drug Trafficking Section and, later, Chief of the Appellate Division in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, and Chief of the Fraud Section in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas.  From 1980 to 1983, and 1994 through 1997, Judge Spaulding was a trial and appellate lawyer in private practice.  She represented plaintiffs in class actions and intellectual property matters and represented defendants in civil and criminal matters.

Interests List

The hyperlink below is a list of investments, of which the judge is aware, owned by family members or by her, which are subject to reporting on her 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.

Interests List

Chambers Staff

  Edward Jackson
Courtroom Deputy

Case & Trial / Evidentiary Hearing Management Preferences

Oral Arguments

Hearings on motions are scheduled at the written request of the parties or, from time to time, by order of the judge without the request of the parties. Witnesses and other evidence are not permitted at oral argument unless permission to present evidence is obtained from the Court before the hearing.  Counsel and unrepresented parties who wish to present argument are generally required to appear in court in person. Oral arguments and evidentiary hearings will be scheduled by the courtroom deputy.

Disputes Arising During Depositions

If a dispute arises during a deposition in a case in which Judge Spaulding is the assigned Magistrate Judge, counsel and any unrepresented parties may contact chambers to ascertain whether the Judge is available to consider the disputed issue by telephone.  If the Judge is available, she will hear the dispute in a telephone conference call in which all counsel and any unrepresented parties participate.

Official Record of Proceedings

All proceedings before Judge Spaulding are recorded by the courtroom tape recording system or by a court reporter.  The parties are not permitted to use a court reporter or other recording system to make a record of the proceedings conducted by Judge Spaulding except with her prior consent. Transcripts of tape-recorded proceedings can be obtained by making a written request to Judge Spaulding’s courtroom deputy clerk.

Confidentiality Orders

Confidentiality orders should be limited to documents or specific categories of documents that are subject to confidential treatment under prevailing law.  Judge Spaulding will not issue blanket or umbrella confidentiality orders that provide that any information designated by the parties as confidential will be protected.  The parties are free to enter into private confidentialitity agreements, however.

Emergency Motions

Emergency motions should be designated as such in the caption of the motion. See M.D. Fla L.R. 3.01(e).  Counsel should also inform the Court in the body of a motion not deemed to be an emergency if the motion requires expedited consideration due to upcoming deadlines, etc. Emergency motions should be served on opposing counsel, and any necessary non-parties, by hand delivery or other equivalent method of service.


Upon consent of the parties, Judge Spaulding will schedule bench and jury trials to begin on a date certain. The parties should provide the Court with two copies of witness and exhibit lists the morning of trial.  All exhibits should be marked before trial. In addition, parties should provide Judge Spaulding with a bench book containing copies of documentary exhibits they intend to use at trial, which copies should be marked with exhibit numbers. Judge Spaulding appreciates receiving a diskette containing the parties’ proposed jury instructions or proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law at the final pretrial conference.

Standing Orders