|Who to call . . .||when you need . . .|
|General court information; to inquire about scheduling mediation, magistrate trials, or damages hearings. |
|To inquire about procedures and processes in any criminal matters before the court; to report settlement of a civil case.|
|To request a status conference or to inquire about any pending civil matters before the court.|
|To order transcripts.|
|To inquire about matters referred to the Magistrate.|
Civil Litigation Preferences
(for info on criminal procedures and preferences, please call the Judge’s bailiff)
Judge Sheward is available at the parties’ request. He appreciates 24 hour notice and courtesy copies of any pertinent filings, but if the situation requires, he will see the parties immediately.
Pre-Trial memos are primarily intended to give Judge Sheward a quick overview of the case and alert him to the potential objections or issues that may arise.
Judge Sheward does not conduct the voir dire. However, he keeps it moving along and does not permit attorneys to try their cases before the jury is selected. Voir dire is not on the record, unless counsel requests a record.