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CRIMINAL RULES

LCrR 1.1 Definitions.

Unless the context indicates a contrary intention, the following definitions apply in these rules:

  1. Court. The word "court" means the district judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, as a collective body.
  2. Presiding Judge. The term "presiding judge" means the judge to whom a case is assigned. The word "judge" includes district judges and magistrate judges.
  3. Attorney. The word "attorney" means either:
    1. a person licensed to practice law by the highest court of any state or the District of Columbia; or
    2. a party proceeding pro se in any criminal action.
  4. Clerk. The word "clerk" means the clerk of this court.
  5. ECF. The term “ECF” means electronic case filing and refers to the court’s web-based document filing system that allows a document to be transmitted, signed, or verified by electronic means in a manner that is consistent with technical standards established by the Judicial Conference of the United States.
  6. Judge's Copy. The term "judge's copy" means a paper copy of an original pleading, motion, or other paper that is submitted for use by the presiding judge.

LCrR 16.1 Exchanging Exhibits, Exhibit Lists, and Witness Lists.

  1. Exchanging Exhibits. All exhibits, except those offered solely for impeachment, that a party intends to offer at trial, must be marked with gummed labels or tags that identify them by the exhibit number under which they will be offered at trial, and must be exchanged with opposing parties at least 14 days before the scheduled date for trial. When practicable, a copy of such exhibits must be furnished to the presiding judge.
  2. Exchanging Exhibit and Witness Lists. At least 14 days before the scheduled date for trial, the parties must file with the clerk and deliver to opposing parties and the court reporter, separate lists of exhibits and witnesses, except those offered solely for impeachment.

LCrR 23.1 Proposed Findings in Nonjury Cases.   

Unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge, at least 14 days before trial in all nonjury cases, parties must file with the clerk and serve on opposing parties proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. The parties must submit such amendments to the proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law as the presiding judge directs.

LCrR 24.1 Contact with Jurors.   

A party, attorney, or representative of a party or attorney, shall not, before or after trial, contact any juror, prospective juror, or the relatives, friends, or associates of a juror or prospective juror, unless explicitly permitted to do so by the presiding judge.

LCrR 30.1 Requested Jury Charge.   

Unless otherwise directed by the presiding judge, at least 14 days before trial, each party must file with the clerk and serve on opposing parties the requested jury charge, including instructions. The requested instructions should cite the authorities relied on.

LCrR 32.1 Nondisclosure of Recommendation.   

A probation officer shall not disclose any recommendation regarding the sentence.

LCrR 45.1 Time Deemed Filed.

A pleading, motion, or other paper that is filed by electronic means before midnight central time of any day will be deemed filed on that day. A pleading, motion, or other paper that is filed on paper before the clerk's office is scheduled to close on any day will be deemed filed on that day.

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