UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION In Re: Debtor(s) _______________________________________ Plaintiff v. Defendant ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No. Adversary No. ORDER ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR PREPARATION FOR TRIAL, CONFIRMATION HEARING, OR OTHER CONTESTED MATTER 1 The court hereby adopts Rule 7016 of the Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (incorporating Rule 16 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure) for this proceeding. All counsel2 are expected to offer their full cooperation and assistance to fulfill both the substance and spirit of this order. I. SCHEDULE It is essential that parties adhere to scheduled dates. Because of the scarcity of pretrial conference and trial dates, and in courtesy to counsel in other cases, late changes in scheduling are disfavored. Accordingly, no extensions will be granted without good cause, and no request for extension should be made less than 14 days before the scheduled dates. (A) at A Final Pretrial Conference will be held on in chambers, Room in the courtroom Everett McKinley Dirksen United States Courthouse, 219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois. The words "trial" and "pretrial" used herein shall be deemed to mean "hearing" and "pre-hearing" in the context of a contested matter or confirmation hearing. 2 1 Any reference to "counsel" herein shall apply equally to any person unrepresented by counsel. American LegalNet, Inc. www.USCourtForms.com (B) A Final Pretrial Order is attached to this Order. Materials prepared in compliance with the Final Pretrial Order ("Pretrial Materials") shall be completed and submitted G to chambers G in open court on ________________________ ("Submission Date"). (C) The trial will commence on ______________________________, at ____________, and continue from day to day or as may be set by the court, until completed. An attorney who is a member of the trial bar under the provisions of Rule 600(B) of the local Bankruptcy Rules of this Court shall participate in the trial. II. PREPARATION OF FINAL PRETRIAL ORDER (A) All instructions contained within the Final Pretrial Order must be followed. The Pretrial Materials will be binding on the parties at the trial. If any counsel believes that any of the instructions allow for any part of the Pretrial Order to be deferred until after the Submission Date, that counsel shall file a motion seeking leave of court for such deferral. (B) To prepare the Pretrial Materials required for the Final Pretrial Order, counsel for all parties are directed to meet in order to (1) reach any possible stipulations narrowing the issues of law and fact, (2) deal with non-stipulated issues in the manner stated in this paragraph, and (3) exchange copies of documents that will be offered in evidence at the hearing. (C) Counsel's meeting shall be held sufficiently in advance of the Submission Date to permit thorough preparation of the Pretrial Materials. (D) At or before the meeting, counsel for each party shall furnish all other counsel with a Statement of the Issues As To Which the Party Will Offer Evidence. The Statement will (1) eliminate any issues that appear in the pleadings about which there is no controversy, and (2) include all issues of law as well as ultimate issues of fact from the standpoint of each party. (E) Any motions requiring determination in advance of trial (including, without limitation, motions in limine, dispositive motions, partially dispositive motions, and disputes over the admissibility of any evidence at trial upon which the parties desire to present authorities and argument to the court) shall be specifically called to the court's attention not later than the Submission Date. 2 American LegalNet, Inc. www.USCourtForms.com III. FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCE At the Final Pretrial Conference, each party shall be represented by the attorneys who will try the case (unless before the conference the court grants permission otherwise). All attending attorneys will come to the conference with full authority to accomplish the purposes of Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(d). IV. DOCUMENTS PROMULGATED WITH THIS ORDER Appended to this Order are the following: (A) (B) (C) a form of Final Pretrial Order; a form for use as Schedule of Exhibits for the Final Pretrial Order; and guidelines for preparing proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law. If, after reasonable effort, any party cannot obtain the cooperation of other counsel, it shall be that party's duty to advise the court of this fact by motion. Any person or party who has not participated in good faith in the procedures set forth herein may be subject to sanctions, and, in addition, may have its pleadings stricken and be barred from participation in the trial. ENTER: _______________________________ Judge Dated: ____________________ Form Order No. 11 PTProc ilnb: October 1,1999 3 American LegalNet, Inc. www.USCourtForms.com Schedule of Exhibits 1 1. The following exhibits were offered by plaintiff, received in evidence and marked as indicated: [State identification number and brief description of each exhibit.] 2. The following exhibits were offered by plaintiff and marked for identification. Defendant objected to their receipt in evidence on the grounds stated:2 [State identification number and brief description of each exhibit. Also, state briefly the ground of objection, such as competency, relevancy or materiality, and the provision of Fed. R. Evid. relied upon. Also state briefly plaintiff's response to the objection, with appropriate reference to Fed. R. Evid.] 3. The following exhibits were offered by defendant, received in evidence and marked as indicated: [State identification number and brief description of each exhibit.] 4. The following exhibits were offered by defendant and marked for identification. Plaintiff objected to their receipt in evidence on the grounds stated:3 [State identification number and brief description of each exhibit. Also, state briefly the ground of objection, such as competency, relevancy or materiality, and the provision of Fed. R. Evid. relied upon. Also state briefly plaintiff's response to the objection, with appropriate reference to Fed. R. Evid.] As in the Final Pretrial Order form, references to "plaintiff" and "defendant" are intended to cover those instances where there are more than one of either. Copies of objected-to exhibits should be delivered to the court with this Order, to permit rulings in limine where possible. 3 2 1 See footnote 2.