Management Procedures | Motion Practice | Discovery | Trial Procedures| Misc Procedures| Vacation Letters
Law Clerk/Extern Positions
District Judge John H. McBryde
I. Case Management Procedures
in Civil Actions
- Judge McBryde has special instructions concerning proof of service of process that should be taken into account from the very beginning of the action. Those instructions are found in the Status Report Order that is mentioned in B. below.
- Status Report Order
After all defendants have answered or otherwise
appeared, Judge McBryde issues a status report order, which requires
the parties to meet face-to-face to discuss settlement of the
action and their counsel to meet to help fix a schedule for
trial of the case. To view an example of the Status Report Order, please click on the link below.
As required, the order is modified to accommodate
the needs of specific cases.
ORDER SETTING SCHEDULE AND PROVIDING SPECIAL PRETRIAL INSTRUCTIONS
- Fed R. Civ. P. 26(f) Conference. See A.
- Scheduling Order. Based on the information
provided by the attorneys in their status report, Judge McBryde fixes
a schedule for trial of the action, including deadlines for adding
parties, amending pleadings, and completing discovery. Ordinarily,
cases are set close to the date requested by the parties. To view an example of the Order Setting Schedule and Providing Special Pretrial Instructions, please click on the link below.
As required, the order is modified to accommodate
the requirements of specific cases. To view an example of the Special Pretrial Instructions, please click on the link below.
SPECIAL PRETRIAL INSTRUCTIONS
- Referrals to Magistrate Judges. Even if
the parties agree that the case should be referred to a magistrate
judge, Judge McBryde reserves the right to determine whether such
a referral will be made.
- Settlement Discussion.See text of standard
status report and scheduling orders, as set forth in paragraphs
I.A. and I.C.
- Pretrial Order.
- See text of standard pretrial instructions
that accompany the text of the standard scheduling order,
as set forth in paragraph I.C. All of the matters required
to be in the pretrial order shall be contained within the
body of the pretrial order and none shall be attached thereto
as exhibits or attachments. All of the contested issues shall
be agreed upon and there will not be separate lists of contested
issues submitted by each party.
- Lead counsel for each party and each pro
se party shall be present at the pretrial conference and
shall have access, by telephone or otherwise, to the individual(s)
he or she represents or to a person authorized to make decisions
regarding the matter before Judge McBryde on behalf of any corporate
or other entity a party to the action.
- Each attorney and each pro se party
should retain a copy of the Pretrial Order submitted to Judge McBryde. The Clerk will not provide copies of the signed Pretrial
- Final Pretrial Conference. Pretrial conferences
are scheduled approximately four to six weeks prior to trial.
II. Motion Practice in
- Requirements for Specific Motions.
- Summary Judgment. See standard status report order and scheduling order, which are set forth above in paragraphs I.A and I.C., respectively. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56 and applicable Local Civil Rules.
- Continuance. See Local Civil Rule 40.1.
- In Limine. Although no deadline is set,
motions in limine are usually filed the week before trial.
- Other. Judge McBryde's order setting schedule
and providing special pretrial instructions contains deadlines
for the filing of motions.
- Hearing. See Local Civil Rule 7.1(g).
- Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a). Counsel for all parties
and all pro se parties are instructed to cooperate fully
in the discovery process and to make all reasonable discovery
available to the requesting party. Excessive discovery or resistance
to reasonable discovery will not be tolerated by this court. Throughout
the discovery process, counsel must observe the standards of litigation
conduct for attorneys appearing in civil actions in the Northern
District of Texas, adopted by the judges of this District, sitting
en banc, in Dondi Properties Corp. v. Commerce Savings and
Loan Ass'n, 121 F.R.D. 284 (N.D. Tex. 1988). Unnecessary discovery
or unreasonable delay may subject the infracting party to sanctions
and the payment of costs. See Thomas v. Capital Sec.
Serv., Inc., 836 F.2d 866 (5th Cir. 1988) (en banc).
- Filing Discovery Material. See Local Civil
IV. Trial Procedures
in Civil Actions.
- Marking and Exchanging Exhibits. The parties
shall not file depositions or exhibits prior to trial, but shall
have the originals and one copy thereof available immediately
prior to trial. Each exhibit that will be offered at trial shall
bear the case number of the action in addition to the exhibit
number and identity of offering party.
- Voir Dire. The parties may submit proposed
voir dire questions. The judge will conduct the principal voir
dire. Ordinarily, each side will be allowed five minutes to ask
additional questions. The judge does not permit jury questionnaires
- Proposed Jury Instructions/Findings of Fact
and Conclusions of Law. See standard scheduling order, as
set forth in paragraph I.C.
- Courtroom Decorum. See Local Civil Rule
83.4. No food, drink, chewing gum or tobacco products are
allowed in the courtroom. Water is provided at counsel tables.
- Electronic Equipment in the Courtroom. Electronic
equipment may be allowed in the courtroom as long as it is not
disruptive. Any questions should be directed to the court coordinator
or to the law clerk assigned to the case.
- Other. Cases not reached will be carried
day to day until tried.
V. Miscellaneous Procedures
in Civil Actions.
- Courtesy Copy of Pleading.
The court's copies of documents are routinely delivered to Chambers
throughout the day. Accordingly, courtesy copies need not be delivered.
- Telephone Call to Chambers.
- Procedural Information. Attorneys may
contact the law clerks: Marjorie Panter (odd-numbered cases)
(817)850-6653; (even-numbered cases) (817)
- Scheduling Information. Contact Fleather
Arnold (817) 850-6659.
- Status of Motion/Proposed Order. Contact
the appropriate docket clerk. For cases ending in:
1-2, call (817) 850-6612
3-4, call (817) 850-6616
5, call (817) 850-6611
6, call (817) 850-6615
7-8, call (817) 850-6635
9-0, call (817) 850-6631
- Faxed Documents. Documents sent by fax are
not accepted for filing.
VI. Vacation Letters.
Vacation Letters. Judge McBryde does not accept or recognize vacation letters. If an attorney
needs relief from a setting, the attorney must file an appropriate motion.
VII. Law Clerk Positions.
Law clerk applications from third year law students
are accepted each September and interviews are ordinarily conducted
in October. Judge McBryde does not hire interns. Law clerk applicants
should send a resume, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation
The Honorable John McBryde
501 W. 10th Street, Room 401
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Contact Marjorie Panter, (817) 850-6653, for
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