The Honorable Susan C. Bucklew

Senior United States District Judge


Tampa Division
TEL: 813-301-5858

Biography

Judge Bucklew was appointed a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Florida in December 1993.  She received her B.A. in 1964 from Florida State University, her M.A. in 1968 from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law in 1977. Following law school Judge Bucklew was house counsel for Jim Walter Corporation. She was appointed a County Court Judge in and for Hillsborough County in 1982 and a Circuit Court Judge in and for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit in 1986. She is a master, organizing member and past president of the William Glenn Terrell Inn of Court and a master and organizing member of the Herbert G. Goldburg Criminal Law Inn of Court. She is currently a member of the Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committee on Rules of Criminal Procedure.


Chambers Staff

  Susan Saylor
Courtroom Deputy
813-301-5354

Jennifer Deeb
Law Clerk
813-301-5860
Civil cases ending 33 - 82
Vacant
Law Clerk
813-301-5862
Civil cases ending 08 - 32
 
Allison L. Kirkwood
Law Clerk
813-301-5861
Civil cases ending 00-07 & 83-99
   

Case & Trial Management Preferences

CIVIL

Motion Practice
Judge Bucklew hears motions of 30 minutes or less between 8:30am a.m. and 9:30a.m., Tuesday through Friday. Longer hearings are set by the court room deputy.


Judge Bucklew does not regularly provide oral argument on dispositive motions, but may on request. Discovery matters are generally referred to the assigned magistrate judge.


Settlement
Almost all cases are referred to mediation.  Judge Bucklew does not conduct settlement conferences, although some cases are referred to a magistrate judge to conduct a settlement conference.


Pretrial Conferences
Judge Bucklew conducts the pretrial conference.


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 regularly granted unless there are exceptional circumstances ( lengthy case, numerous expert witnesses).Proposed jury instructions, verdict forms and voir dire should be filed five days prior to jury selection. A courtesy copy should be sent to Judge Bucklew’s chambers at chambers_flmd_bucklew@flmd.uscourts.gov. Attorneys are usually permitted a short voir dire.


Exhibit lists and witness lists shall be electronically filed no later than the morning of trial. In addition, a courtesy copy of the exhibit list and the witness list shall be emailed in wordperfect formet to Chambers at: chambers_flmd_bucklew@flmd.uscourts.gov. A three- ring binder containing copies of all exhibits, properly pre-marked, shall be provided to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk the morning of trial, for the Court's use.


CRIMINAL

Change of Plea
Judge Bucklew usually refers changes of plea to the assigned magistrate Judge.


Sentencing
Judge Bucklew regularly conducts sentencing between 8:30a.m. and 9:30a.m.,Tuesday through Friday.  Counsel should notify the courtroom deputy if the sentencing is longer than 30 minutes so that it can be set for another time.


Discovery
Discovery issues are generally 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 regularly granted unless there are exceptional circumstances ( lengthy case, numerous expert witnesses).Proposed jury instructions, verdict forms and voir dire should be filed five days prior to jury selection. A courtesy copy should be sent to Judge Bucklew’s chambers at chambers_flmd_bucklew@flmd.uscourts.gov. Attorneys are usually permitted a short voir dire.


Exhibit lists and witness lists shall be electronically filed no later than the morning of trial. In addition, a courtesy copy of the exhibit list and the witness list shall be emailed in wordperfect formet to Chambers at: chambers_flmd_bucklew@flmd.uscourts.gov. A three- ring binder containing copies of all exhibits, properly pre-marked, shall be provided to the Courtroom Deputy Clerk the morning of trial, for the Court's use.


Case and Trial Management Forms

  * Case Management Report Adobe WordPerfect
  * Notice Regarding Marking of Exhibits Adobe  
  * Exhibit List   WordPerfect
  * Exhibit - Plaintiff   WordPerfect
  * Exhibit - Defendant   WordPerfect
  * Exhibit - Government   WordPerfect
  * Exhibit - Joint   WordPerfect