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Rule 2-9. Trial Assignments

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   A. Criminal Cases: Criminal cases shall be set for trial at the discretion of the judge presiding over the case, at the time of or following the arraignment of the defendant.

   B. Civil Cases and Domestic Cases: All civil (law or equity) and domestic cases shall be set for trial by the assigned trial judge in accordance with the following procedures:

    (1) In all civil and domestic cases, a Certificate of Readiness for Trial shall be filed (on a form provided by the Clerk of the District Court, a copy of which is attached to these Rules) with the Clerk of the District Court upon the completion of all discovery proceedings, and a copy delivered to the judge assigned to said case;

    (2) Failure to object to the Certificate of Readiness within (ten) 10 days from the date of filing shall constitute an acceptance by all parties that the matter is ready for trial and can be tried in the amount of time as designated by the party filing the Certificate of Readiness;

    (3) If an Objection is filed to the Certificate of Readiness filed by an opposing party, the party filing the Objection to said Certificate of Readiness shall set the matter for hearing on a regularly scheduled motion day (pursuant to Rule 2-2 of these Rules) and give notice of said hearing to all parties;

    (4) Trial assignment priority shall be within the discretion of the judge assigned to the case, but said judge shall prioritize as much as possible trial assignments by the dates of the filing of Certificates of Readiness.

   C. Other Settings: Notwithstanding subsection B of this rule, the judge assigned to such case may on his or her own motion assign a trial date to said case or, in the alternative, hold periodic docket calls for the purpose of assigning trial dates to pending cases.  In the event that a case is set for docket call for the purpose of setting a trial date, counsel or unrepresented parties shall be required to personally appear for such docket call.

Rule 2-9(A) amended effective October 16, 2007.

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