United States District Court, D. Maine
REPORT OF CONFERENCE & TRIAL MANAGEMENT
Z. Singal United States District Judge.
17, 2019, the Court held a conference of counsel in
preparation for an upcoming jury trial in this matter to be
held in Bangor. Following that conference, counsel conferred
and filed a joint statement allocating trial time (ECF No.
55). Based on the issues discussed at the conference and the
Court's review of the post-conference filings to date,
the Court now issues this Order to aid counsel in their final
preparations for trial:
Schedule & Allotment of Time
selection will proceed on August 6, 2019 at 8:30 AM. The
Court anticipates holding a brief conference of counsel
before jury selection to discuss the Court's additional
voir dire questions based on the parties proposed
supplemental voir dire. The precise timing of that conference
will be set once the Clerk's Office has finalized the
cases that remain for jury selection. Counsel shall be
prepared for the possibility that this conference may be
scheduled for as early as 8:15 AM.
will commence on Thursday, August 15, 2019, at 8:30 AM. In an
effort to complete the presentation of evidence within 5
days, the trial day will be 8:30 AM to 3 PM with two
fifteen-minute breaks at approximately 10:30 AM and 12:45 PM.
side will have 30 minutes to give an opening statement. The
Court will provide a five-minute warning and a one-minute
to the parties' agreement, Plaintiff shall conclude the
presentation of her case-in-chief by noon on Monday, August
19, 2019. Defendants shall be prepared to begin their
presentation as soon as Plaintiff rests and shall conclude
the presentation of their case-in-chief no later than 3 PM on
Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The Court expects that the case
will be sent to the jury for deliberation no later than noon
on Thursday, August 22, 2019.
discussed at the conference, the Court expects counsel to
stick to this schedule by ensuring they have ample witnesses
present to fill the allotted trial day. By August 14th,
Plaintiff's counsel shall provide Defendants' counsel
the names of the witnesses she intends to call on the first
day of trial. Thereafter, by the end of each trial day,
counsel shall inform opposing counsel of the witnesses that
will be called the following day.
Court notes that in recent filings both sides have continued
to list individual Defendants who have been terminated in the
case. To avoid any juror confusion, counsel shall amend their
caption in further filings to reflect that Kennebec County is
the remaining Defendant in this matter. If counsel
disagrees and believes that more than one defendant remains
for trial, they shall file an objection with supporting
memorandum no later than August 1, 2019.
Consolidated Exhibit List
deadline for filing the Consolidated Exhibit List remains
August 9, 2019. Counsel are reminded that the existence of an
anticipated objection to a particular exhibit must be listed
on the Consolidated Exhibit List. Failure to note a valid
basis for objection on the exhibit list may be deemed a
waiver of the objection and result in admission of the
shall also ensure that the Consolidated Exhibit List
references any pretrial rulings made on motions in limine.
shall request a conference outside the hearing of the jury
before attempting to use any exhibit not listed on ...