Judge's Corner

Article Index

Summary Judgment Motions - To File or Not to File? The Honorable Danielle J. Hunsaker, Washington County Circuit Court, Jason Kafoury, Kafoury & McDougal, and Joel Mullin, Stoel Rives, LLP (April 2019)

Judicial Challenges The Honorable Janet Stauffer, 7th Judicial Circuit (August/September 2017)

Use of Fictitious Names for Parties in Civil Litigation in Oregon The Honorable James Hargreaves (Senior Judge, retired), Lane County Circuit Court (June/July 2017)

The Judge's Pledge The Honorable Susan Tripp, Marion County Circuit Court (May/June 2017)

Organizing for the Courtroom The Honorable Daniel R. Murphy, Linn County Circuit Court (March/April 2017)

A Two Year Journey with Odyssey in Juvenile Court The Honorable Lindsay Partridge, Marion County Circuit Court (January/February 2017)

Lane County Streamlined Jury Trial Project The Honorable Curtis Conover, Lane County Circuit Court (November/December 2016)

20 Ways to Further Justice The Honorable Ilisa Rooke-Ley, Lane County Circuit Court (October/November 2016)

Managing Multi-Party/Complex Litigation without Driving Your Judge Crazy (and maybe even making it easier for everyone) The Honorable Henry Kantor, Multnomah County Circuit Court (September 2016)

Managing Multi-Party/Complex Litigation without Driving the Judge's Staff Crazy The Honorable Eve L. Miller, Clackamas County Circuit Court (August 2016)

Do's and Don'ts in the Courtroom The Honorable Lisa Greif, Jackson County Circuit Court (June/July 2016)

Preparation for a Status, Case Management, or Pretrial conference - or how to get more out of a non-evidentiary proceeding in criminal and family court cases The Honorable Kirsten E. Thompson, Washington County Circuit Court (April/May 2016)

Postponements The Honorable Richard Barron, Presiding Judge, Coos/Curry County Circuit Court (March 2016)

Consider Trying More Cases The Honorable Suzanne Chanti, Lane County Circuit Court Judge (February 2016)

Professionalism - It Counts Both In and Out of the Courtroom The Honorable Brian Dretke, Union County Circuit Court Judge (January 2016)

Changes to Sex Changes The Honorable Beth A. Allen, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge (December 2015)

Top 25 Tips from a Senior Judge The Honorable Michael C. Sullivan, Senior Judge (retired), Deschutes County (November 2015)

How to Succeed at Power Point In the Courtroom The Honorable Michael McShane, US District Court (October 2015)

Effective Use of Evidence At Jury Trial The Honorable Matthew Donohue, Benton County Circuit Court (September 2015)

Making a Record for Appeal, The Honorable Charles M. Zennaché, Lane County Circuit Court (August 2015)

Access to Civil Justice in Oregon's State Courts, The Honorable David Brewer, Associate Justice, Oregon Supreme Court (July 2016)

What Jurors Want: A Look Into the Minds of Jurors, The Honorable John V. Acosta, United States Magistrate Judge (June 2015)

Handling the "Half-se" Hearing, The Honorable Mustafa Kasubhai, Lane County Circuit Court (May 2015)

Effective Voir Dire, Judge Thomas Hart, Marion County Circuit Court (April 2015)

The New Judge on the Block, Judge Lung S. Hung, Malheur County Circuit Court (March 2015)

The Gift of Finality: One PJ's Perspective, Judge Karsten H. Rasmussen, Lane County Circuit Court (February 2015)

ORCP 68 Attorney Fees - when, why and how to seek them, Judge Deanne L. Darling, Clackamas Juvenile Court (January 2015)

Difficult questions must be answered before they are asked, Judge Edward J. Jones, Multnomah County Circuit Court (December 2014)

Judicially Hosted Settlement Conferences, Judge Jamese L. Rhoades and Sr. Judge Don Dickey, Marion County Circuit Court (November 2014)

Working together to make discovery more efficient, The Honorable Youlee Yim You, Multnomah County Circuit Court (October 2014)

Court Trials - A Jury of One, The Honorable Katherine E. Tennyson, Multnomah County Circuit Court (September 2014)

Making the Most of Short Evidentiary Hearings, The Honorable Daniel R. Murphy, Linn County Circuit Court (August 2014)

Vouching, The Honorable Jay McAlpin, Lane County Circuit Court (July 2014)

Appropriate Jury Instructions Can Help Litigators Win Trials, The Honorable Paula Brownhill, Clatsop County Circuit Court (June 2014)

Evidentiary Hearings and Motion Practice in the era of Oregon e-court, The Honorable Benjamin Bloom, Jackson County Circuit Court (May 2014)

Motions in Limine - Tips for "Newer" Litigators, The Honorable Jodie Mooney, Lane County Circuit Court (April 2014)

The Honorable Michael C. Sullivan
Senior Judge (retired), Deschutes County
(November 2015)

Top 25 Tips from a Senior Judge

1. If you want all the court staff at your courthouse to know you, just be rude to one of them. Suggesting Court staff are overpaid and asking for extra help is not productive. Although Judges may forget or forgive bad behavior, staff does neither.

2. Bring your calendar with you when coming to court. If a matter needs to be set for a hearing or trial, it expedites the process.

3. Submit Exhibits/Witness lists to the court recorder before the hearing with a copy as well for the Judge. Do not rely on the court clerk to mark your exhibits for you or prepare an exhibit list.

4. Don't have your clients contact the Judge's chambers with their questions.

5. Remember to include the position of the other side when requesting a continuance or other immediate relief.

6. File appearances and substitution of counsel as soon as possible so notices go out correctly.

7. As soon as a case settles, notify the schedulers.

8. If you are scheduled to be in two or more court rooms at the same time, be sure to let staff know so they don't have to look or call for you.

9. Hearing or trial notices should be looked at and read.

10. If you have a witness or party appearing by phone in a court room, bring your credit card as you will be paying for that call. Please be familiar with and how to use the credit card. Do not ask or direct the staff to make your calls.

11. The courts are not required to supply you with equipment during your presentation. If you request to use court equipment make sure you know how to use it and do it in a timely manner.

12. If you must approach court staff during a hearing, please ask first if you can talk to them. The recorders are trying to make a good record and prepare log notes. It is very distracting when you approach court staff in the middle of another hearing and start talking to them.

13. If you have something before the court and you file motions or other documents late, please have courtesy copies for the judge and the other attorney.

14. Making faces or announcing your displeasure with a Judge's ruling always seems unprofessional to a Judge and a jury.

15. Being unprepared is particularly noticeable to a jury.

16. If you are unkind or rude to the other side, it hurts your case with the jury.

17. Video presentations in court fail almost half the time. Make sure the equipment is actually functioning before attempting to use it. Always have a Plan B in the event it does not operate in the manner expected.

18. Don't force the staff to retrieve you and your client at the end of a break or lunch. Being late after lunch because the service was slow is not a good excuse.

19. Please do not under estimate the length of your trial or motion to get a faster hearing. It is counterproductive and in many cases takes longer to get the matter resolved.

20. If you are done with a hearing and another one is starting, please take your client and others you need to speak with to the lobby.

21. If you have security concerns please advise the staff as soon as possible. Don't complain about security lines etc. We want people to go home safe at the end of the day.

22. Remember to silence your cell phone in court. Inappropriate rings may seem funny to you, but not so much to folks who have their future at stake.

23. Advise your client how to dress appropriately in court. Profanity on T shirts, etc. are not appreciated by the court. My remedy is have offenders come back the next day.

24. If there is an issue in court, please don't blame your administrative assistant publicly. It may be true, but it almost always sounds bad.

25. Your credibility with the court is important. Never say or do anything that would cause the court to question your ethics.


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