As a general rule, (subject to exceptions that may be brought to the Court’s attention), all West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Miami matters will be heard in West Palm Beach, at 701 Clematis Street, on the fourth floor, in courtroom 2.
All Fort Pierce matters will be heard in Fort Pierce, at 101 South U.S. Highway One, on the fourth floor in courtroom 4008.
Form of Communications
For non-substantive matters, emails or calls to Chambers must comport with all Federal and Local rules. Any ex parte letters received may be uploaded to the docket.
Calls to Chambers
When calling chambers, counsel should be prepared to provide (1) the docket number of the case, (2) the case caption, (3) their name and the party they represent, (4) whether opposing counsel has been consulted, and (5) a succinct and clear statement of the reason for their call.
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Orders Setting Status Conference, Calendar Call, and Trial Date and Order of Reference to Magistrate: This order includes an order of reference to a paired Magistrate Judge. The Magistrate Judge will handle all pro hac vice motions, motions to substitute counsel, and pretrial discovery motions.
Calendar Call: Calendar calls are typically held on the Wednesday prior to the commencement of the two-week trial period, unless otherwise noted. Counsel may appear at calendar call via telephone. Instructions for telephonic appearance are located in the Court’s order setting trial.
Standing Orders and Special Procedures: Although Judge Rosenberg has not entered a standing order with the clerk of the court, Judge Rosenberg does require all parties to comply with a number of procedures that are unique to her chambers. Those procedures are described in great detail in the above referenced order setting trial. A sample trial order may be viewed by clicking THIS LINK and a sample scheduling order may be viewed by clicking THIS LINK.
The Order of Requirements used in Americans with Disabilities Act cases on which Magistrate Judge Hopkins is the paired magistrate judge is linked here. The Order of Requirements used in Americans with Disabilities Act paired with any other magistrate judge is linked here.
The Order of Requirements used in Fair Labor Standards Act cases on which Magistrate Judge Hopkins is the paired magistrate judge is linked here. The Order of Requirements used in Fair Labor Standards Act cases paired with any other magistrate judge is linked here.
Hearings: The Court may sua sponte set matters for hearing (other than those referred to the Magistrate Judge). Hearings are usually conducted from Monday through Friday beginning at 8:30 a.m., and are conducted for 15 minutes, unless the Court determines that more time is needed. Parties also may request hearings pursuant to the procedures set forth in the Local Rules.
Proposed Orders: Please submit all proposed orders in Microsoft Word format to Rosenberg@flsd.uscourts.gov.
Settlement: If a settlement is reached in your case, please immediately contact chambers and file a notice of settlement with the Court.
Status Conferences: Typically, status conferences are conducted 4-6 weeks prior to trial. At the status conference, counsel should be prepared to represent to the Court, with as much specificity as possible, the anticipated length of trial and the number of witnesses counsel intends to call. Counsel should also apprise the Court of any outstanding matters and whether, in counsel’s opinion, a settlement conference with a Magistrate Judge would be beneficial.
Electronic Equipment: If you require the use of electronic equipment in your hearing or trial, please file a motion with the Court indicating the exact list of items and number of items you will be bringing in, as well as the first and last names of your attorneys and staff who will be using the equipment. A sample order permitting the use of electronic equipment can be viewed by clicking THIS LINK.
Evidence and Exhibits: As described in the Court’s order setting trial, the parties must submit to the Court at trial (or at an evidentiary hearing) a list of all exhibits on AO Form 187. That form may be downloaded at the following internet address: http://www.uscourts.gov/services-forms/forms. Exhibits must also be labeled in accordance with the Court’s requirements set forth in the order setting trial. Finally, when possible the parties must provide the Court with electronic copies of all exhibits on a USB drive prior to the commencement of trial or an evidentiary hearing.
Calendar Call: Calendar Call is typically held on the Wednesday prior to the commencement of the two-week trial period, unless otherwise noted. We DO NOT transport defendants for Calendar Call.
Electronic Equipment: If you require the use of electronic equipment in your hearing or trial, please file a motion with the Court indicating the exact list of items and number of items you will be bringing in, as well as the first and last names of your attorneys and staff who will be using the equipment.
Motions: Prior to filing any motion in a case, moving counsel shall contact the opposing counsel and determine if counsel will oppose the motion. All motions SHALL include, in the caption under the case number, a notation that the motion is either “Opposed” or “Unopposed.” The first paragraph SHALL briefly summarize the parties’ attempts to resolve the issue(s) and set forth areas of agreement and disagreement. Parties are REMINDED to file motions to seal sufficiently in advance of their deadline so the court may issue a ruling in a timely fashion.
Pleas: Counsel for both sides should confer and be prepared to provide the Courtroom Deputy with mutually available dates and times to set the change of plea. Upon entering the order setting the change of plea, a copy of any written plea agreement and/or factual proffer (signed preferred) should be emailed to the Courtroom Deputy at Rosenberg@flsd.uscourts.gov.
Sentencings: Please give chambers advance notice if sentencing is going to be longer than 30 minutes. If you plan to have witnesses testify, we will need to know two weeks in advance how many witnesses, if the witness needs an interpreter, and how long each witness is going to address the Court. Please see Sample Paperless Order below for further instructions regarding the Court’s procedures for the Sentencing Hearing.
Sample Paperless Order Setting Date, Time, and Procedures for the Sentencing Hearing.
PAPERLESS ORDER SETTING DATE, TIME, AND PROCEDURES FOR THE SENTENCING HEARING as to (name of Defendant(s). The Sentencing Hearing is set for (month/date/year) at (time) for thirty (30) minutes in (Divisional office location) before Judge Robin L. Rosenberg. The Probation Office shall disclose the Draft PSR no later than 35 days prior to the sentencing hearing. THE COURT ORDERS that if more than thirty (30) minutes is needed for the sentencing hearing, counsel shall file a notice estimating the amount of time needed for the sentencing hearing no later than fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the hearing. THE COURT FURTHER ORDERS that counsel shall file their Objections, and Motions for Departure and/or Variance from the guidelines, if any, to the DRAFT PSR within fourteen (14) days after disclosure of the DRAFT PSR. Responses to the Objections and any Motions for Departure and/or Variance from the guidelines shall be filed seven (7) days thereafter. The Probation Office shall disclose the Final PSR and Addendum no later than (7) days prior to the sentencing hearing. After the FINAL PSR has been disclosed to the parties, or if the PSR is subsequently Revised, or Supplemented, counsel shall file a Notice stating which of the previously filed Objections, if any, have been resolved and which Objections, if any, remain to be resolved by the Court at the sentencing hearing. This Notice shall be filed no later than three (3) days before the sentencing hearing. Signed by Judge Robin L. Rosenberg on (month/date/year).