United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of PennsylvaniaBiographical Information
Chambers e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
For additional information, please call Chambers at: (570) 831-2570
Judicial Assistant: (570) 831-2570
Chambers: (570) 831-2570Fax: (570) 821-4009
Written correspondence from counsel to the court.
I will accept correspondence to communicate procedural information about discovery disputes and settlement efforts; however, any application for an order or extension of time must be filed on the docket.Preferences for the use of telephone conferences rather than in person conferences for any category of conferences scheduled in connection with a case.
I prefer in-person pre-trial and settlement conferences while discovery, case management, scheduling, and status conferences may be conducted telephonically.Inquiries
Any inquiries concerning cases should be directed to my Courtroom Deputy at (570) 831-2571 or my Judicial Assistant at (570) 831-2572.
Courtesy copies of motions, briefs, and other writings for chambers.
I do not require hard copies of motion papers. Although in cases with voluminous exhibits or briefs, I prefer that a courtesy copy be sent to chambers. Counsel should contact my Judicial Assistant, Nicole Rinaldi, 570-831-2572, with any questions.
Preference regarding pro hac vice admissions
I prefer use of the special admission form available from the Clerk of Court or on the Court’s website.Federal Rule 26 and M.D. Pa. Local Rule 26.1 et seq. (Including your approach to initial disclosures, discovery prior to the Rule 16 conference) and preferences as to the matters encompassed within those Rules.
Judge Saporito adheres to both federal and local rules, and prefers that discovery commence prior to the conference. Judge Saporito expects counsel to make all efforts to resolve discovery disputes. Counsel is instructed at the case management conference to initiate a conference with Judge Saporito before any discovery motion is filed. Judge Saporito will attempt to resolve the dispute. The request for a conference should be made to Judge Saporito’s Courtroom Deputy, Mary Schirra, by correspondence or 570-831-2571. Prior to the conference, counsel should submit a letter, by facsimile, containing a brief description of the nature of the dispute and copy opposing counsel.The extent to which counsel may influence the length of the discovery period, extensions, trial dates, etc.
I prefer counsel submit confidentiality agreements by stipulation for approval.The average amount of time allowed for discovery in a standard track case and the extent to which the standard amount of time is varied.
Judge Saporito adheres to the six-month discovery period for standard cases set forth in the Local Rule 26.4, unless extraordinary circumstances arise and a timely motion is brought.Handling of confidentiality agreement, particularly in light of the Third Circuit’s recent opinions on the prerequisites for imposing confidentiality agreements.
Judge Saporito does not encourage the use of confidentiality agreements unless the matter involves unusually sensitive material.Preferences regarding requests for additional pages in excess of the page limitations set forth in Middle District Local Rule 7.8.
I require a motion in order to exceed page limitations.