United States District Court
United States Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania Biographical Information
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Judge Caldwell prefers not to receive written correspondence from counsel to the court.
Judge Caldwell prefers telephone conferences rather than in-person conferences for case management conferences and, in most cases, for dealing with discovery disputes.
Judge Caldwell prefers for requests concerning scheduling matters, extensions of time, etc., to be raised in formal motions, not through informal or off-the-record communications from counsel to the court.
Judge Caldwell usually agrees to confidentiality regarding discovery matters. Judge Caldwell considers confidentiality of settlements individually.
In non-jury cases, Judge Caldwell will not participate in settlement discussions, but will, instead, refer the matter to a magistrate judge or a mediator.
Judge Caldwell does not wish to receive courtesy copies of motions, briefs, or other writings.
Judge Caldwell usually tries to accommodate counsel requests concerning the length of the discovery period, extensions, trial dates, etc., if reasonable requests are made. (In a typical case, Judge Caldwell allows six months for discovery.)
Judge Caldwell sets the trial month at the case management conference. He schedules the exact date of jury selection as the trial month approaches. He generally tries cases as scheduled. Judge Caldwell uses a trailing trial list, with criminal matters taken first, civil jury matters next, and non-jury trials last.
Judge Caldwell directs counsel to comply with the local rule governing submission of trial briefs.
Judge Caldwell conducts voir dire in all cases but allows limited written suggestions by counsel.
Judge Caldwell allows more than one attorney to handle a trial for a party.
Judge Caldwell directs counsel to comply with the applicable local rules regarding pre-marking and exchange of exhibits.
Judge Caldwell requires that proposed jury instruction requests be concise and limited to specific matters in dispute.
Judge Caldwell usually uses special interrogatories on the verdict form and encourages input from counsel as to the form of interrogatory questions.
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