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Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein - Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge
Magistrate Judge Christopher A. Nuechterlein
201 Robert A. Grant Courthouse
204 South Main Street
South Bend, IN 46601
(574) 246-8100

Consent to Proceed Before Magistrate Judge

Counsel should indicate whether their clients are willing to consent to a Magistrate Judge for all purposes, including trial, by executing and submitting the consent form to South Bend Clerk's Office email address or by depositing it in the U.S. Mail addressed to:

U. S. District Court
Office of the Clerk
204 South Main St.
South Bend, IN 46601

"Fast Track" consent is designed primarily for pro se litigants. In this procedure, the parties consent to magistrate judge jurisdiction, waive jury trial, waive dispositive motions, and agree to very limited discovery. The court will schedule a bench trial on the merits usually within six months of the filing of the plaintiff's complaint. "Fast Track" cases are usually uncomplicated cases which can be tried with few witnesses and exhibits and usually in one day.

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  • Consent Form
  • Fast Track Consent Form

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