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Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge
Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
5400 Federal Plaza
Suite 4400
Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 852-6740

Consent to Proceed Before a Magistrate Judge

Too often litigants are unaware of the efficiencies to be gained by having their cases tried before United States Magistrate Judges. When the parties consent to proceed before a Magistrate Judge, the same judge will preside over the entire case from discovery and pretrial matters through trial. Because the Magistrate Judges do not try criminal cases, and the Speedy Trial Act gives a District Judge's criminal trials priority over civil matters, a trial setting before a Magistrate Judge is much more likely to be a firm date certain. The court strongly urges counsel to inform their clients of this option and to discuss it with opposing counsel.

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