Paul G. Byron

United States District Judge




Biography

Born in Queens, New York in 1959, between 1986 and 2014 Judge Byron served four years in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, twelve years in the Department of Justice, two years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and Judge Byron spent 10 years in private practice as a civil trial lawyer. On June 27, 2014, Judge Byron was sworn in as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

Education
University of Michigan B.A., with Honors, 1983; Louisiana State University, J.D., 1986.

Chambers Staff

Litigants and counsel in cases pending before the Court should not contact chambers. ALL questions are to be directed to the Courtroom Deputy at 407-835-4219.


  Chambers email: Chambers_FLMD_Byron@flmd.uscourts.gov


Cell Phone Policy: Counsel and Court retained Interpreters will be allowed to bring their cell phone into the courtroom, provided the cell phone is silenced.

Case & Trial Management Preferences

 

COURT ATTIRE:
Litigants and witnesses are expected to conduct themselves with reserve and courtesy, and when appearing in Court, must dress appropriately to preserve the dignity of the Court. Proper attire includes, at minimum, shirt and tie for men and similarly appropriate attire for women. No shorts, jeans, polo shirts, or sneakers.

 

TRIAL MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES

Attorneys are encouraged to be familiar with the Codes of Pretrial and Trial Conduct promulgated by the American College of Trial Lawyers and to conduct themselves accordingly. The Codes can be found on the American College of Trial Lawyers website under Publications, All Publications.- Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct 2009


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.


AVAILABILITY DURING TRIAL

During jury trials, please be respectful of my desire to keep the jury busy all day. Each day, I will be available one half hour preceding the arrival of the jury. This is a good time to bring to my attention any problems you expect may arise during the course of the day. It is also a good time to make proffers or otherwise preserve the record. I expect the jury to be in the courtroom listening to evidence and argument the entire day. For those reasons, requests for sidebars are discouraged.


Witnesses

Ten (10) days prior to trial, the parties will exchange a list of those witnesses whom they will definitely call at trial (the "A" list), and a list of those witnesses they may call at trial (the "B" list). By the conclusion of the proceedings each day, the party presenting its case shall advise the opposing party and the Court of those witnesses whom it intends to call the following day.


Exhibits and Exhibit Lists

The exhibit list filed in compliance with Local Rules 3.06(c)(4) and 3.07(b) must be on the Clerk’s approved form.  Unlisted exhibits will not be received into evidence at trial, except by order of the Court in the furtherance of justice. See Local Rule 3.06(e).  The Joint Final Pretrial Statement must attach each party’s exhibit list on the approved form, listing each specific objection (“all objections reserved” does not suffice) to each numbered exhibit that remains after full discussion and stipulation. Objections not made – or not made with specificity – are waived. 

Exhibits and Witness Lists (three copies) shall be filed with the Courtroom Deputy on the first day of trial.  All exhibits are to be PREMARKED in accordance with the instructions contained in M.D. Fla. Local Rule 3.07. Plaintiffs and Defendants shall use a numerical system to mark exhibits, i.e. 1,2,3, etc.


Photographs of sensitive exhibits (i.e., guns, drugs, valuables) and of non-documentary evidence, and reductions of documentary exhibits larger than 8 ½” by 14” to be substituted for original exhibits after conclusion of the trial must be presented to opposing counsel for examination at the meeting to prepare the Joint Final Pretrial Statement.

To avoid duplication of exhibits and to prevent confusion in the record, the parties are encouraged to submit all stipulated exhibits as joint exhibits in a single list rather than individually marked by each party. For example, if medical records or contract documents are being stipulated into evidence they should be marked as a Joint exhibit and not listed separately by both (all) parties. Each parties individual exhibit list would then include only those additional exhibits to which objections have been asserted with the specific objection noted on the exhibit tag.


Deposition Testimony

Five (5) days prior to trial, the parties shall file with the Court color-coded copies of deposition transcripts (preferably mini-script versions), reflecting, in different highlighted colors, the deposition excerpts designated by each party to be read at trial, with objections noted in the margin. Unresolved objections to videotape depositions shall be submitted to the Court ten (10) days prior to trial.


CASE MANAGEMENT PREFERENCES

Notice of Unavailability of Counsel

The rules of this Court do not provide for filing a Notice of Unavailability as a method to avoid abiding by deadlines and schedules established by the Court or to extend the time for responding to motions. Counsel may notify opposing counsel of his or her unavailability and request that his or her schedule be accommodated. With respect to deadlines for filing documents with the Court, attending hearings, or otherwise, counsel must file a motion for an enlargement of time or a continuance of a hearing or deposition date, as appropriate. It is impractical for the Court to be required to search the docket of each case for notices of unavailability before setting hearings and response deadlines. Accordingly, counsel may not rely upon the filing of the notice as a basis to excuse his or her appearance before the Court as required or to comply with a deadline established by the Court or governing rules of procedures.


Criminal

The Court will NOT consider, absent extraordinary circumstances, motions or memoranda that are not filed at least 7 business days before sentencing hearing


The parties are not excused from the status conference unless the plea agreement has been executed, the change of plea hearing has been scheduled, and a notice of cancellation of the status conference has been docketed PRIOR to the status conference date. If a plea is not accepted for whatever reason, if it comes after status conference, counsel are advised that they will need to be prepared to go to trial and not expect the failure of a plea to be grounds for a continuance.


Scheduling Order

Ordinarily, the Court will enter a scheduling order within 14 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

Schedule permitting, Judge Byron normally conducts a final pre-trial conference in each civil case approximately three weeks prior to trial. Motions in limine will be heard at that time. Final pre-trial conferences are scheduled by the Case Management and Scheduling Order.



Miscellaneous

The standard form for case management reports is to be used by the parties, and is provided to them by the Court with the Notice of Track designation shortly after the case is filed.


When filing motions electronically with the Clerk, it is not necessary to provide the Judge’s staff with separate “courtesy” copies. However, if a motion is filed in open court, a separate copy should be provided to the Judge for his review.


Mediation is required in substantially all cases, and should be completed 4-6 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 a mediator.


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. This motion can be filed at the final pre-trial conference.


Witness Rooms: There are witness rooms located at the front of the courtroom.


Courtroom Technology: Counsel are encouraged to make an appointment with the Courtroom Deputy prior to their trial/hearing to become familiar with the availability, operation and compatibility of the courtroom technology systems, should they wish to utilize it. Failure to do so may result in the parties equipment not being available for use due to incompatibility with the courtroom system.


Laptop Connection Instructions


Closing Cases: Counsel shall be advised that the Court will close civil cases for statistical purposes after the entry of a final judgment following a jury verdict, court decision, or stipulation of the parties. This will not effect the disposition of post-trial motions, or the assessment of fees and costs as appropriate.


Case & Trial Management Forms

    Case Management Report Adobe Microsoft Word®
    Case Management Report in Patent Cases Adobe  
    Interested Persons Order Adobe Microsoft Word®
    Exhibit List Adobe WordPerfect
    Notice of Pendency of Related Cases Adobe WordPerfect
 
*  Court tags - use white paper
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*  Defendant tags - use yellow paper and number
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*  Government tags - use blue paper
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*  Joint tags - use green paper
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*  Plaintiff tags - use blue paper and number
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