Management Procedures| Motion
Practice | Discovery
Procedures | Misc
Chief District Judge Jorge A. Solis
I. Case Management Procedures
- Preliminary Pretrial Conference ("Rule 16 Conference")
The judge does not conduct a preliminary pretrial conference.
- Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) Conference
Parties must comply with the Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) conference
requirement; however, the judge typically enlarges the reporting
- Status Report/Scheduling Order
Once an answer has been filed, the judge issues an initial
order requiring lead counsel for each party (or designated attorney
with appropriate authority) to meet face-to-face within the time
required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) at a mutually agreeable time
and location to discuss the matters specified in the order and
in Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f). If the case does not settle, counsel
must file a joint proposal that typically must address each of
- a report on the progress made at the meeting
and the present status of settlement negotiations;
- proposed deadlines for joinder of parties,
amendments, motions, and expert witness designations;
- a proposed plan and schedule for discovery,
including a time limit to complete discovery, a proposal for
limitations, if any, to be placed on discovery
- a proposed trial date, estimated number of
days required for trial, and whether a jury has been demanded;
- whether the parties are considering mediation
or arbitration to resolve this litigation and, if not, why
- any other proposals regarding scheduling and
discovery that the parties believe will facilitate expeditious
and orderly preparation for trial; and
- any other matters relevant to the status and
disposition of this case.
The parties must also convey their positions on
the advisability of referring the case for alternative dispute
After receipt and consideration of the proposal,
the judge issues a scheduling order. The order establishes deadlines
on the parties and specifically modifies some local rules. The
judge issues a separate trial setting order that establishes
deadlines for the filing of a joint pretrial order, witness
lists, exhibit lists, and filing motions in limine.
Referrals to Magistrate Judges
In their joint proposal, parties must specifically
advise the court of their positions concerning referring the
case to a magistrate judge for trial by consent (see I.C. above).
Lead counsel must
hold a face-to-face meeting to discuss settlement of the case
as directed in the judge's initial order. A report on the status
of settlement negotiations must be filed on the same day the joint
pretrial order is filed.
The joint proposed pretrial order must, in addition
to the requirements of Local Civil Rule 16.4, contain a list
of witnesses who may be called by each party in its case-in-chief.
The list must state, for each witness, their name and address,
a brief narrative summary of the testimony to be covered, whether
the witness has been deposed, and whether the witness is "probable",
"possible", "expert", or "record custodian". A copy of this
list must be furnished to the court reporter prior to trial.
Trial briefs may be filed with the pretrial order,
but are not required unless specifically requested by the court.
Pretrial conferences are held two weeks
Judge's Copy of Documents Filed By Electronic Means
Chief Judge Solis requires a judge's copy of any filing, including attachments and exhibits, more than 50 pages in length. Proposed orders must be emailed, in Word format, to Solis_Orders@txnd.uscourts.gov.
- Requirements for Specific Motions
- Summary Judgment
The time for filing a motion for summary judgment is typically
modified by the judge's scheduling order.
Continuances will only be granted upon a showing of good cause.
- In Limine
A motion in limine usually must be filed and served on opposing
parties 14 days before the date set for trial. A response
to a motion in limine must be filed and served at least seven
days before the date of the trial setting. Replies to responses
are not permitted.
The judge's scheduling order provides deadlines regarding
dispositive motions. The local civil rules apply regarding
other motion practice issues.
The judge does not permit oral argument on a motion.
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- Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a)
- 26(a)(1): Parties are required to make initial
disclosures as required by the Federal Rules, unless the parties
- 26(a)(2): Parties must comply with 26(a)(2)
by the date specified in the judge's scheduling order, but
must not file the disclosures with the clerk's office.
- Filing Discovery Material
Parties are to follow Fed. R. Civ. P. 5 and Local
Civil Rule 5.2.
IV. Trial Procedures
- Marking and Exchanging Exhibits
Parties are to follow Local Civil Rule 26.2(a) and (c), except
that the rule must be complied with no later than 14 days before
the date of trial. Contact Chief Judge Solis' Court Reporter, Shawn
McRoberts, for specifics at 214/753-2349.
- Voir Dire
The judge typically allows counsel to conduct voir dire. However,
in some circumstances, the length of the case may dictate that
only the judge conduct voir dire. The amount of time is determined
by the judge on a case-by-case basis.
- Proposed Jury Instructions/Findings of Fact
and Conclusions of Law
Each party's proposed jury instructions or findings of fact and
conclusions of law must be filed at the same time the joint pretrial
order is filed. The proposed findings of fact and conclusions
of law must be annotated.
- Courtroom Decorum
Professionalism in the courtroom is required. See LR 83.4 and
LR 83. 16.
- Electronic Equipment in the Courtroom
Counsel must provide their own equipment.
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V. Miscellaneous Procedures
- Courtesy Copy of Pleading
Counsel may hand carry a courtesy copy of a pleading to chambers.
This does not obviate the need to file an original and one copy
with the clerk's office.
- Telephone Call to Chambers
- Procedural Information - An attorney
may address a procedural question that cannot be answered
by the federal rules of procedure, local rules, or the judge's
scheduling order to Kevin Frye, Court Coordinator, at 214/753-2346.
- Scheduling Information - An attorney
may direct a question regarding scheduling to Kevin Frye,
Court Coordinator, at 214/753-2346.
- Status of Motion/Proposed Order - An attorney should direct a question regarding the status of a motion or proposed order to the Clerk's Office at 214-753-2633. If the docket clerk cannot answer the question,
contact the Court Coordinator, Kevin Frye, at 214/753-2346.
- Faxed Document
Faxed copies will be accepted as long as there is at least one
original signature on a document.
Law Clerk/Extern Positions
- Job Requirements
Law Clerks: Judicial law clerk applications are to be submitted
after the first of the year for the following term. Interviews
are scheduled in March.
Law Clerk Interns: Applications for interns who are in
law school are accepted for Spring and Summer semesters.
Externs: Externs must have gone through the Clerk's Office
- Application Procedures
An applicant must submit a resume, transcript,
writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.
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