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Rule 4-2. Pleadings

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   A. Identification. Each pleading filed with the Clerk of the District Court and each order submitted for judicial action must be specifically identified by type, e.g., Motion (Continuance); Motion (To Compel Response To Discovery Request); Motion (Temporary Allowances); Motion (To Suppress Evidence); Order (Summary Judgment); Order (Show Cause--Contempt). The caption of each complaint or amended complaint in a civil action shall state whether the action is one at law or in equity.

   B. Pretrial and Posttrial Motions.

   1. Unless otherwise ordered by the court, all pretrial and posttrial motions or similar filings such as special appearances which require a hearing shall be filed in the case prior to the scheduled hearing. At the time of making said filing, the party shall obtain a date for hearing thereon from the judge in charge of the case or, in the absence of the judge or at the judge's direction, from a member of the judge's office staff. Timely notice of said hearing shall be personally delivered or mailed to the opposing party. Except as may be otherwise specifically required by statute or rule of the Supreme Court, use of ordinary mail shall constitute sufficient service of any notice required by this or any other of these local rules.

   2. The court may, in its discretion, hear oral argument on any motion or similar filing by telephone conference, provided that all conversations of all parties are audible to all persons present. A party shall schedule such telephone calls at a time mutually agreeable to all parties and the court. The court may direct which party shall pay the cost of the telephone calls.

   C. Continuances Or Additional Time To Plead. Motions or applications for continuance of any matter shall state the reasons a continuance should be granted and must be filed before the time set for the matter sought to be continued. Except where unusual circumstances require, no more than one continuance may be granted. Stipulations for continuances shall be subject to the approval of the court. All continuances shall be to a date certain and stated in the order granting the same, unless otherwise ordered by the court. No order granting a continuance shall be made ex parte. In the event such motion or application fails to show that the motion has been agreed upon, it shall be set for hearing in the same manner as any other motion.

   D. Computer Data Base. The Clerk and Court Administrator shall each be responsible for keying into the computer data base the attorney identification numbers and the file information for each case, and for keeping the data base current.

   E. Pleadings In Default. A party in default of a pleading may, before judgment on motion, notice, and good cause shown, file the same within such time and upon such terms as the court may order.

   F. Amendments to Pleadings. Amendments to pleadings after the answer is filed may be allowed within the discretion of the court. In no instance shall an amendment of a pleading be made by erasure, substitution, interlineation, or otherwise except by leave of the court. A party who has obtained leave to amend a pleading, but fails to do so within the time limited, shall be considered as electing to abide by his former pleading. In no case of amendment shall the original pleading be obliterated or withdrawn from the files.

   G. Costs. Except for criminal cases and proceedings wherein a poverty affidavit is filed, court costs shall be paid when actions are commenced and thereafter when liability for additional costs accrues. An attorney is responsible to the clerk for costs incurred at the attorney's request and shall immediately pay the same upon receipt of the clerk's statement of such fees.

   H. Interrogatories. In civil actions, not more than fifty (50) interrogatories, including subquestions, may be served on an adverse party without leave of court.

   I. Proof Of Service Of Papers. Except as otherwise provided by statute or by order of the court, proof of service of any pleading, motion, or other paper required to be served shall be made by: (1) a certificate showing the name and address of any party on whom service was had; (2) written receipt of the opposing party; (3) affidavit of the person making service; (4) return of the county sheriff; or (5) other proof satisfactory to the court. Failure to make proof of service will not affect the validity of the service, and the court may at any time allow the proof of service to be amended or supplied unless it clearly appears that to do so would result in material prejudice to substantial rights of any party affected thereby.

Adopted effective December 29, 1995; Rule 4-2A amended October 26, 2005. 

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