The Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich

United States District Judge


Tampa Division
TEL: 813-301-5730

Chambers Staff

  Ryan McGee
Law Clerk
813-301-5730
Cindy Leigh-Martin
Courtroom Deputy
813-301-5737
Sandra K. Provenzano
Official Court Reporter
813-301-5699
 
Julie Meisner

Law Clerk
813-301-5730
Odd Numbered Dockets

Sherrill Newton

Law Clerk
813-301-5730 
Even Numbered Dockets

Sheila McNeill

Staff Attorney
813-301-5700


Case & Trial Management Preferences

CIVIL


Motion Practice
Judge Kovachevich issues a Standing Order in civil cases.  This order requires that a party provide copies to her office of all motions, responses or other filings that exceed 25 pages, including exhibits or attachments, in length.

Judge Kovachevich does not regularly provide oral argument on motions, dispositive or otherwise. Her chambers will set argument if Judge Kovachevich determines it is appropriate.  Discovery matters are referred to the magistrate judge assigned to the case. The court will approve consents to the magistrate judge for less than the entire case, i.e. for entry of final order, not report and recommendation, on motion for summary judgment.


Settlement
Most civil cases are referred to mediation before trial. Judge Kovachevich does not conduct settlement conferences but often does refer cases to a magistrate judge to conduct a settlement conference in conjunction with a pretrial conference.


Pretrial Conferences
Judge Kovachevich conducts preliminary pretrial conferences, pursuant to Rule 16, as necessary.  She refers all cases to the assigned magistrate judge to conduct the pretrial conference.  She requires the parties in a jury trial to bring their proposed jury instructions, jury verdict forms, and trial briefs to the pretrial conference for the magistrate judge to review.  In a non-jury case, only the trial brief is required.


Jury Trials
All cases set for trial during a monthly trial term will be listed on a trial calendar and distributed to all counsel and pro se parties the preceding month.  The cases will generally be tried in the order they are listed on the calendar.  Criminal cases are listed first.  Trial dates certain are not granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Proposed jury instructions and verdict forms are filed at the time of the pretrial conference. Any proposed voir dire questions should be filed five days prior to jury selection. The jury instructions and verdict form should also be provided to the court on a disk in WordPerfect format.

Exhibit lists and witness lists (an original and three copies) shall be filed with the Courtroom Deputy Clerk on the morning of trial, prior to jury selection.


CRIMINAL

Change of Plea
Judge Kovachevich refers changes of plea to the assigned magistrate judge.


Sentencing
Judge Kovachevich regularly conducts sentencing starting at 10:00 a.m. on Fridays, and other days as necessary.  Counsel should notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance if the sentencing is anticipated to last longer than 30 minutes so that it can be set at a time that there is ample time to complete the proceeding.


Discovery
Discovery issues are referred to the assigned magistrate judge.


Jury Trials
All cases set for trial during a monthly trial term will be listed on a trial calendar and distributed to all counsel and pro se parties the preceding month.  The cases will generally be tried in the order they are listed on the calendar.  Criminal cases are listed first.  Trial dates certain are not granted unless there are exceptional circumstances. Proposed jury instructions, verdict forms, and any proposed voir dire questions should be filed five days prior to jury selection. A courtesy copy should be sent to Judge Kovachevich's chambers. The jury instructions and verdict form should also be provided to the court on a disk in WordPerfect format.