Attorneys are NOT permitted to speak with the Law Clerks. Courtroom Deputy stays in court when the Judge is in session.
Chambers email address: King@flsd.uscourts.gov
**As part of the CM/ECF system, the court has established a “chamber’s email address” for each judicial officer. This chambers email address has been established to enable counsel to submit proposed orders or other requested documents to the Judge in Microsoft Word format. Non-case-related communications should NOT be sent to the chambers email address. Ex parte communications are not acceptable; all communications to the chambers email address must show a copy to all opposing counsel or Pro Se parties. Counsel should send communications to the chambers email address only if counsel is being requested to do something or if the Court is requested to do something; counsel should not copy the chambers email address with communications, arguments, debates or other matters occurring solely between counsel.**
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.
Calendar Call: Our Calendar Calls are always held on the Thursday prior to the commencement of the two-week trial period, unless otherwise noted. All criminal defendants MUST be present at calendar call. Counsel may NOT appear telephonically.
Hearings: The Court may, upon determination that a motion is appropriate for a hearing, sua sponte set matters for hearing (other than those referred to the Magistrate Judge). Hearings are usually conducted from Monday through Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. All criminal defendants MUST be present at EVERY hearing. Counsel may NOT appear telephonically.
Proposed Orders: Please submit all proposed orders on Microsoft Word format to King@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 Conference: The Court may sua sponte set cases for status conference. At the status conference, counsel should be prepared to represent to the court, with as much specificity as possible, the number of witnesses, the length of trial, any outstanding matters, including the status of pending motions, and whether a settlement conference with the Magistrate Judge would benefit the case.
Absent some compelling reason for continuance, the dates of the Pretrial Conference, Trial and motion practice and discovery deadlines listed in the Scheduling Order will be strictly adhered to by the Court and all parties.
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 in advance if the witness needs an interpreter. Please file any Motions for Downward/Upward Departure, Motions for Downward/Upward Departure Variance, Sentencing Memorandum, and character letters, or any other documents at least TWO weeks in advance of the hearing, so that the Court has had adequate time to review any pleading related to sentencing.