Standard Operating Procedures

Courtroom Procedures Generally

  1.  Follow the local court rules.
  2. There should be a heightened sense of civility in a courtroom at all times. Judge Baldi expects all attorneys to be civil to each other and to all parties and witnesses. When in Court attorneys and parties should refer to each other, Court personnel and/or anyone else in the Courtroom, by their last name or title only (Mr. Jones, Ms. Smith, defense counsel, etc.).
  3. The Court welcomes submission of legal authority, either by memo or by copies of relevant cases, statutes, etc. Bring an extra copy for Judge Baldi and his law clerk, and provide an extra copy of any such submissions to opposing counsel and/or parties that are unrepresented.
  4. The Court prefers the parties to exchange and pre-mark exhibits before a trial begins. Therefore, if they have not already done so the parties should arrive in Court early and confer with one another regarding the exhibits. It is the duty and responsibility of the litigants to bring sufficient copies of all exhibits to provide a copy to all the parties, any witness who needs to refer to same during the presentation of the case, and a copy for the Court.
  5. The Court believes that the parties should be able to stipulate to many facts and therefore, at the beginning of the case or controversy, the parties should precisely set forth, to the Court, the following:
    1. Subject matter and nature of the dispute
    2. Stipulations of fact which are necessary to develop a record, but which are not contested
    3. A precise statement as to what is being contested and each party’s position regarding each matter contested
  6. Objections should be stated formally and responded to formally. Objections should not be used as an opportunity to bicker or to make extraneous statements not specifically related to the objection