Civil Practice Guidelines
(for information regarding criminal procedures and preferences, please call the Judge’s bailiff)
Professional behavior best serves your clients and this Court. Contention that merely increases cost or delay for litigants, or wastes the court’s limited resources is unwelcome. “The Introductory Statement on Civility” published at the front of the Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio has universal applicability.
All motions should be accompanied by a separate proposed entry. Such proposed entry shall be prepared in Word and uploaded in the e-filing system as a completely separate filing from the motion.
A. Stipulations or “Agreed” Entries are not enough to postpone civil trials in Courtroom 7A. Motions for continuance of a trial date, absent true emergency, must be in writing and should be sought well before the Final Pre-Trial Conference. If you have a case that genuinely appears likely to require a trial, alert Chambers as soon as you know so that we can do our best to allow enough time for pre-trial proceedings and try to assign a “firm” trial date.
B. Any motions affecting scheduling should affirmatively state: 1) whether, following consultation with all other counsel, the change is opposed or agreed to; 2) the reasons supporting a continuance; and 3) the proposed time frame for the continuance (ex. 30 days).
C. When a filing is submitted to the Clerk’s Office, the filing does not instantaneously reach Chambers and could take up to three days to be received. Please consider this when timely attention is needed to your filing. If more timely attention is genuinely necessary, please phone the Secretary and provide the case number and title of the filing.
D. When filing Motions to amend the Case Schedule, please be sensitive to the Local Rules governing presumptive time to trial for various types of cases, and invest your best effort to comply. Be certain to talk to all other Counsel regarding conflicting vacations or court assignments before approaching the Court.
E. Decisions regarding trial continuances or changes to the Case Schedule are made solely by the Judge, giving consideration to the complexity and age of the case, plus prior efforts of Counsel to move the case to timely resolution.
|Motions and Memoranda|
A. Counsel must obtain leave of court prior to filing a Motion or Memorandum out of rule or beyond the motion deadline in the Case Schedule. A Stipulation among Counsel will not alter any deadline absent express approval by the Court.
B. Page limits (Local Rule 12) serve a salutary purpose. Ordinarily, Counsel should edit tightly and live within the limits. To assist in meeting page limits, Counsel may assume no briefing is necessary on the legal standards applicable under Civil Rules 12, 26, 37, 56 or 60(B).
C. In responding to a Civ. R. 56 Motion, it is very valuable to have Counsel specifically identify precisely what, if any, material disputes of fact are asserted to exist. Specific citations to witness depositions or other parts of the record that demonstrate such disputes are essential.
D. Stipulations of fact are valuable tools. Counsel should discuss stipulations before filing Civ. R. 56 Motions and, whenever possible, before significant pre-trial discovery to reduce cost and delay.
E. Local Rule 47.01 requires Counsel to make every effort to resolve discovery disputes prior to involving the Court. This obligation is enforced in Courtroom 7A.
F. Even when agreed upon by Counsel, Judge Young does not favor “boilerplate” confidentiality/protective orders, particularly those that seek to place virtually all discovery material under some nondisclosure status. Recognize that material used for case dispositive pre-trial rulings or at trial is, ordinarily, a matter of public record.
|Conferences and Oral Argument|
A. Civil pre-trial or status conferences may be conducted by either the Judge, the Magistrate, or the Staff Attorney.
B. Prior to the Final Pre-trial Conference, trial counsel must confer about their willingness to waive a jury and/or have the case heard by the Magistrate; the minimum number of days anticipated to conclude the trial and whether time limits will be useful to keep matters moving; the number of parties and witnesses participating in trial and any special scheduling needs; any Motions to be addressed prior to commencing trial; and deposition transcripts or videotapes filed with the Clerk’s office that need to be retrieved and for which evidentiary rulings must be made before presentation during trial.
C. Unless otherwise ordered, clients and insurance representatives need not attend pre-trial proceedings in person. If telephone appearance is requested, the motion shall indicate whether opposing counsel is objecting or agreeing to the telephone appearance.
D. The Court does not routinely hold oral argument on motions.
A. Ordinarily, trials commence at 9:00 a.m. and recess for the day around 4:30 p.m. These hours can be altered somewhat to accommodate witness schedules. Once a jury is sworn, we make it a priority to move trials to completion. Please plan accordingly.
B. Motions in Limine are discouraged. They may be filed only after good faith discussion by Counsel and upon certification that reasonable efforts to resolve the issue(s) were exhausted. All motions in limine shall be filed thirty days prior to the trial date.
C. Trial briefs are not required. However, Counsel are encouraged to submit copies of key cases or short memoranda addressed to novel legal issues.
D. Marking Exhibits during trial wastes time. The Court reserves the right to exclude Exhibits not pre marked and exchanged among counsel prior to trial. Plaintiffs shall mark Exhibits with numbers, and defendants shall use letters.
E. Deposition objections: Deposition transcripts shall be submitted to the Court in hard-copy form at least 14 days prior to the start of trial, and Counsel shall notify the Court by calling the Staff Attorney of any objections that need to be ruled upon.
F. Prior to opening statements, the Court gives an oral charge to orient jurors to their role. The final jury charge is submitted to each juror in writing in all cases. The Court has a standard set of “boilerplate” instructions covering burden of proof, credibility, rules for deliberating, and other matters common from case to case. However, trial counsel must consult and prepare case specific portions of the final charge. Merely saying “we will just use OJI” leaves far too much work to complete and may delay trial. Proposed civil jury instructions, interrogatories, and verdict forms should be emailed to the Staff Attorney in Microsoft Word format at least 14 days prior to the start of trial.
G. Local Rule 27.13(F) sets out “Rules on Voir Dire.” Because the Court does preliminary questioning and juror questionnaires are available, lengthy voir dire is usually unnecessary.
H. Challenges for cause are normally exercised outside the presence of the jury. Preemptory challenges are exercised in the presence of the jury.
I. Stipulations should be presented as early as possible during trial to minimize confusion and avoid unnecessary questioning thereafter.
J. Juror note-taking is generally not permitted.
K. Questions from jurors during trial are not permitted.
L. This Court does not affirmatively “qualify” witnesses as “expert” in front of the jury because it suggests some endorsement of them by the Court. Please do not ask during trial. If there is a Daubert challenge under the evidence rules on admissibility, Counsel should raise the issues as early as possible. If the issue arises late in the case, alert the Court to voir dire the witness as to admissibility outside the presence of the jury.
M. Display of Exhibits to the jury in opening statement or before formal admission is permitted absent objection by opposing Counsel. However, share all such material with all other Counsel before displaying it.
N. Trial Counsel are expected to remain available on ten (10) minutes’ notice during jury deliberations.
O. The Court sometimes imposes time limits on opening statements, voir dire, closing argument and the overall presentation of evidence where Counsel are unable to closely manage the anticipated duration of their case. Jurors in this Court are ordinarily summoned for a one week/one-trial period, and staying within a tight time frame is essential in all but the most complex trials.
P. Refer to all adult witnesses or participants, including your own client(s), as “Mr.” or “Ms.” or use other appropriate titles such as “Dr.” First names shall not be used.
Consistent with Local Rule 22, Counsel must call the Secretary as soon as possible to advise when a case is settled. This Court normally has multiple trials scheduled every day; notice enables the Court and attorneys in other pending cases to plan appropriately. Furthermore, prompt notice avoids unnecessary work on motions after a matter already is resolved by the parties.
If Counsel desire to submit their case to mediation with Magistrate Petrucci, simply call the Staff Attorney and advise that Counsel are in agreement. The reference paperwork will be prepared and filed. The Court also encourages use of private mediators whose schedules may be more accommodating.
|Bio of Judge David Young Judge David Young was elected to serve the citizens of Franklin County as a Judge in the Municipal Court in 2011 and as a Judge in the General Division of the Common Pleas Court in 2014. While in Municipal Court, Judge Young served as the Chairperson of the Specialized Docket Committee.
Judge Young is active in the Franklin County community, serving on the Board of Trustees of the Alvis House. Judge Young has also shared his judicial experience with the community by having local students shadow him for a day at the courthouse, teaching lessons on the Bill of Rights at a local middle school, speaking to multiple organizations about his time on the bench, and conducting many wedding ceremonies both in and out of the courthouse.
Before being elected to the bench, Judge Young practiced law for 25 years, representing domestic and international, public and private corporations and individuals in Federal, State and Municipal Courts throughout the State of Ohio, Los Angeles and Orange County in California. Judge Young had been lead counsel in excess of 75 jury and bench trials while in private practice.
Judge Young also worked as an assistant Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney and as a corporate associate at three premiere law firms, Riordan & McKinzie (Los Angeles, California), Loeb & Loeb (Los Angeles, California), and Smith & Schnacke (Dayton, Ohio).
Judge Young completed his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1983. He earned his J.D. from Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) 1986. He is admitted to practice before the U. S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the Southern District Court of Ohio, California (inactive), Florida (inactive) and Washington D.C. He was a Public Arbitrator of FINRA Dispute Resolution and selected by peers in “Business First: The Greater Columbus Business Authority, November 2010, Top Lawyers, 2011” and for inclusion in 2011, 2012 edition The Best Lawyers in America®
Judge Young loves to travel domestically and internationally (having run with the bulls in Pamplona, danced with the Mud Men in New Guinea, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef) and enjoys spending time watching his children’s sporting events, golfing, running, swimming, and rooting for The Ohio State Buckeyes.