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Protocol and Practice of Persons Appearing in the Court of Commissioner Aryeh D. Schwartz
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Specific Comments or Advice for Litigants
Specific Requirements or Preferences
Our division is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the exception of a daily lunch break from noon to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings are typically high-volume hearing days. Trials, evidentiary hearings, oral arguments, and settlement conferences are typically set on Thursdays and the afternoons of Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Friday is my law and motion day.
The telephone number for our division is (602) 372-0756.
My Judicial Assistant is Nicole Taylor.
Be professional. Whether you are an attorney or representing yourself, you are expected to conduct yourself and treat others with courtesy and respect. This includes your communications with court staff.
Be timely. If you anticipate being unable to appear for a hearing on time, then contact my Judicial Assistant and any other parties who may be attending the hearing.
Be prepared. In preparation for every hearing, I will have reviewed the case, including the petition or motion at issue. The better prepared you are, the better the chance that the hearing will be productive.
Communications with Division.
If you need to reach us, call my Judicial Assistant, Nicole Taylor, at (602) 372-0756.
Please note that you may not discuss the substance of your case with Nicole or ask her for legal advice. Communications with Nicole should be limited to general, procedural aspects of your case, such as calendaring issues, lodging proposed forms of order in advance of a hearing, submitting proposed exhibits in advance of a trial, and checking on the status of a pleading.
Depending upon the circumstances, Nicole may provide you her email address, in which case you may communicate with her via email. If any other parties are involved in your case, you should copy them on email communications with Nicole.
Proposed Forms of Order.
If you file any petition, motion, or other pleading that requests relief, applicable rules require that you submit to this Division a proposed form of order that grants the relief requested in the pleading. Please provide us at least two copies of any proposed form of order, together with a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Copies of proposed forms of order should be submitted to this Division either when you deliver to us our copy of the pleading that you filed or no later than five (5) days prior to the hearing on the pleading.
Notwithstanding the foregoing, if you file a dispositive motion, such as a motion for summary judgment or motion to dismiss, do not submit a form of order unless requested by my division to do so.
Extensions of Time and Continuances of Hearings.
If you need a deadline to be extended or a hearing date to be continued, then file a motion requesting that relief, and provide us a proposed form of order. If there are other parties in the case, then you must provide copies of your motion to the other parties. Obtaining the consent of other parties to the relief you request, and either filing a stipulated motion or at least indicating in the motion that you have consulted with the other parties and they have no objection, will simplify and expedite my ability to rule on your motion.
If you are filing a motion to extend a deadline for filing any pleading or other document, specifically state (1) the date of the current deadline and (2) the date to which you request the deadline to be extended. Your proposed form of order should contain the same information. When such motions are filed without these two dates identified, it unnecessarily creates time-consuming work for me to figure out these dates.
If you would like to appear telephonically for a hearing, then file a motion requesting that relief, and provide us a proposed form of order. Importantly, in the motion, state the reason for your request. Motions for telephonic appearances are not automatically granted, especially for trials and other evidentiary hearings.
As indicated with regard to motions to extend deadlines or continue hearing dates, if there are other parties in the case, then you must provide copies of your motion to the other parties. Obtaining the consent of other parties to the relief you request, and either filing a stipulated motion or at least indicating in the motion that you have consulted with the other parties and they have no objection, will simplify and expedite my ability to rule on your motion.
Matters Taken Under Advisement.
I endeavor to rule on matters as promptly as possible, even from the bench. Whether a matter is taken under advisement at the conclusion of a trial, evidentiary hearing, or oral argument, or a matter is submitted on pleadings alone, if more than 30 days have passed since the matter has been taken under advisement or otherwise submitted for a ruling, please contact my Judicial Assistant.
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