Wilkie D. Ferguson, Jr. United States Courthouse
400 North Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33128Directions
Main: (305) 523-5690
Fax: (305) 523-5699
United States Courthouse
299 East Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301Directions
Main: (954) 769-5680
ToniAnn S. Jacoby
Miami: (305) 523-5695
Fort Lauderdale: (954) 769-5685
Miami: (305) 523-5698
Clerk end digits 1 - 3, 0: (305) 523-5691
Clerk end digits 4 - 6, 0: (305) 523-5692
Clerk end digits 7 - 9, 0: (305) 523-5693
Counsel may contact chambers, including the courtroom deputy and/or the law clerks, regarding procedures that are specific to Judge Bloom, scheduling a hearing, etc. Chambers will not answer questions regarding substantive matters pertaining to the case or procedures that are otherwise governed by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and/or the Local Rules for the Southern District of Florida.
Any scheduling matters and other issues that require immediate attention should be communicated via email to Bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov. All communications to the chambers’ email address must show a copy to all opposing counsel or pro se parties.
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CM/ECF Procedures (in addition to Local Rules or CM/ECF Procedures applicable in this District:
Redacted Documents: The parties are responsible for redacting documents prior to filing them with the Court on CM/ECF. To correct an electronically filed document that inadvertently contains personal information (as prohibited by Fed.R.Civ.P. 5.2) the parties must file a motion to strike and re-file the redacted pleading. Please call Chambers Support for clarification as needed at 305-523-5800.
Please follow CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. A courtesy copy does not need to be provided to chambers.
Proposed Orders shall be attached to the Motion on CM/ECF in PDF Format. In addition, the parties shall email the proposed order in Word format, double-spaced in Times New Roman 12-point typeface to email@example.com
Follow CM/ECF Administrative Procedures. A courtesy copy should be emailed to Chambers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic Equipment: Parties requiring the use of their own electronic equipment in a hearing or trial shall file a motion with the Court listing the items to be brought in the Courthouse and the names of the attorneys and/or staff who will be using the equipment. The parties are responsible for providing the United States Marshals Service or Court Security Office a copy of the Court’s Order granting their request.
Courtroom Equipment: The parties shall schedule a time with the Courtroom Deputy and Computer Services in order to test all equipment and connections prior to trial. The parties are responsible for having all computer connections and cables needed.
Voir Dire: The Court allows counsel a limited time for individual voir dire. This time will be determined at the Calendar Call.
Prior to Calendar Call: All counsel shall file a list of proposed witnesses and/or exhibits to be presented at trial. All exhibits to be offered into evidence or marked for identification must be pre-labeled in accordance with the exhibit list. (Government exhibits are to be designated numerically; defense exhibits alphabetically).
The parties shall confer and file joint proposed jury instructions and verdict form on CM/ECF in PDF format as well as emailed to the Court in Word format and emailed to email@example.com
Defendants in Custody: Counsel are instructed that arrangements for appropriate clothing for defendants in custody must be made with the Bureau of Prisons at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled trial date.
Once the Defendant(s) appear(s) in the action, the parties will be directed to confer, prepare and file a joint scheduling report and a proposed scheduling order. A sample proposed scheduling order, in the Court’s preferred format, is attached. The parties shall e-mail their proposed scheduling order, in word format, to the Court at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unless otherwise specified by the Court, the formatting and page limits of every filing shall comply with the Local Rules. Multiple Plaintiffs or Defendants shall file joint motions with co-parties unless there are clear conflicts of position. The applicable page limits for individual parties shall apply for joint pleadings absent leave of court.
Scheduling of Trial and Differentiated Case Management Tracks: Once each Defendant has appeared in the case, the Court will require the parties to confer and submit a proposed joint scheduling report. FLSA and ADA cases are typically placed on an expedited track. The Court’s Initial Order and Scheduling Order for these cases set forth the deadlines and procedures. The Order setting trial includes the order of referral to the paired Magistrate.
Civil Scheduling Order
Discovery: The Court refers most discovery matters to the Magistrate Judge. See attached procedures for Magistrate Judge Valle.
Mediation: Mediation is mandatory in all civil matters
Calendar Call: Calendar Calls are typically held on the Tuesday prior to the commencement of the two-week trial period at 1:45 p.m. in Miami, 400 North Miami Avenue, Courtroom 10-2, unless otherwise noted.
Appearance of Counsel: Counsel for each party shall appear in person for hearings on all substantive motions. Counsel may request to appear by telephone by Motion at least one day before the scheduled hearing and must use a landline telephone.
Settlement: If a settlement is reached in your cases, please immediately contact chambers and file a notice of settlement with the Court.
Calendar Call: Calendar Calls are typically held on the Tuesday prior to the commencement of the two-week trial period at 1:30 p.m., in Miami, 400 North Miami Avenue, Courtroom 10-2, unless otherwise noted.
Defendant’s presence required: Unless otherwise approved by the Court, all defendants and defendants on bond must be present at all hearings and court conferences.
Sentencing: If a sentencing hearing is expected to last more than 30 minutes, please notify the Courtroom Deputy at least 7 days prior to the sentencing date, as noted in the paperless notice of sentencing, so that sufficient time is set aside. The parties must notify the Court if an Interpreter is required for a witness.
The parties shall file all motions for departure/variance and any objections to the presentence investigation report 14 days prior to the scheduled sentencing date.
The Court allows the request for an expedited presentence report upon the agreement of all parties. Please note this report only contains the statutory guidelines and there are no interviews conducted. This should only be requested for defendants scoring 0-6 months.
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Scheduling Order – Civil CasesMagistrate Judge Valle Discovery ProceduresScheduling Order – Criminal CasesCriminal Pretrial OrderCourt’s Jury Questionnaire in Civil CasesCourt’s Jury Questionnaire in Criminal CasesCourt’s Jury Trial Seating Chart in Criminal Cases (44 jurors)Court’s Jury Trial Seating Chart in Civil Cases (30 jurors)