• Proposed Changes to the Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • October 7, 2009 | Author: Paul N. Farquharson
  • Law Firm: Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, [incorporation phrase format]A Professional Corporation - Baltimore Office
  • In September 2009, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland proposed amendments to its Local Rules. Many of the proposed amendments are to comply with H.R. 1626: the Statutory Time-Periods Technical Amendments Act of 2009. The Statutory Time-Periods Technical Amendments Act of 2009 was created to provide predictability and uniformity to the current process of calculating court deadlines by harmonizing specified deadlines affecting court proceedings with recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Procedure regarding uniform computation of time periods.

    The proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland will modify the rules regarding civil law, criminal law, attorney admission/ discipline; bankruptcy; and admiralty law. The amendments are expected to become effective by December 1, 2009. Appendix A, the Discovery Guidelines Manual, has been substantially rewritten and several of the civil filing deadlines have been modified.

    The proposed amendments to the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, as they relate to civil cases, are summarized as follows:

    Local Rule 101.2(a) and 101.2(b) would be amended to extend the time for serving written notice upon your client of your intent to withdraw your appearance as counsel from five (5) to seven (7) days.

    Local Rule 104.4 would be amended to delay the requirement for a conference of counsel until a scheduling order has issued.

    Local Rule 104.8(a) and 105.2(a) would be amended to extend the time for serving reply memoranda to any motion from eleven (11) to fourteen (14) days after opposition memoranda is served.

    Local Rule 104.11(b) would be amended to raise the fees permitted to be paid to treating physicians for work performed in discovery matters.

    Local Rule 105.10 would extend the time for a Motion to Reconsider from ten (10) to fourteen (14) days after the entry of the Order.

    Local Rule 106.3 would reduce the amount of time for Plaintiff's counsel to serve draft copies of the Pretrial Order upon opposing counsel from fifteen (15) to fourteen (14) days and extend the amount of time for opposing counsel to serve revisions from five (5) to seven (7) days.

    Local Rule 106.4(a) would extend the time for submitting the Pretrial Order to the Court, from five (5) to seven (7) days.

    Local Rule 301.4(a) and 301.4(b) would extend the time for objecting to a Magistrate Judges's order of findings of fact from ten (10) to fourteen (14) days.

    Local Rule 303 would be amended to provide authority for the chief magistrate judge or designee to reassign referred matters among magistrate judges.

    After December 1, 2009, counsel is advised to refer to the Local Rules regarding all filing deadlines.