Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
Final Pretrial Conference
A final pretrial conference is normally held approximately
30 days prior to a civil trial setting. No later than 5
business days prior to the final pretrial conference,
the parties are required to file a proposed final pretrial order.
The contents of the final pretrial order should conform
to the requirements set out in the “Order for Pretrial Conference, Notice of Trial
Setting and Order Controlling the Case” previously issued
in the case. Samples of an Order for Pretrial Conference
containing the requirements and of a proposed Final Pretrial
Order are attached below.
Sample Order for Pretrial Conference,
Notice of Trial Setting and Order Controlling the Case
Sample Proposed Final Pretrial Order
At the final pretrial conference, Judge Simon will give the
parties deadlines for filing materials in advance of trial.
This includes deadlines for filing proposed jury instructions,
voir dire questions, motions in limine, and trial briefs, and
deadlines for the exchange of exhibits, witness lists and subpoenas.
Below is the outline that Judge Simon uses in establishing
deadlines in most civil cases. The outline is, of course,
subject to alteration in a case of unusual complexity or
given other circumstances of a particular case.
Trial Preparation Timeline