Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
Trial dates are firm and motions to reset trial dates
are discouraged. If it is necessary to file such a motion,
it should be made at the earliest possible date and counsel
should notify chambers of the motion as soon as possible.
Sidebars during trial are strongly discouraged. Matters in
dispute should be taken up with the Court on a break
so that time is not taken away from the jury.
Counsel should not ask the court reporter to read back a question or answer.
Counsel do not need to ask permission to approach the witness.
When speaking in open court counsel must be in front of one of
the microphones located throughout the courtroom. When giving
opening statements and closing arguments, counsel should
refrain from invading the space of the jurors; counsel should
get no closer than six feet from the jury box.
Judge Simonís courtroom is fully equipped with the state
of the art technology. To make the trial run more efficiently
and to enhance the presentation of the case to the jury,
use of the courtroom technology is strongly encouraged.
For example, it is unnecessary to approach a witness
to show him a document. The courtroomís electronic document
camera system should be used instead. Training for use
of the technology (to occur in advance of the date of
the trial or hearing) is available by contacting Noel Collins,
Judge Simonís Courtroom Deputy, at (219) 852-6724.
All exhibits are to be marked before trial and copies are to
be furnished to opposing counsel and the Court with an
exhibit list. The plaintiff should use numbers and the
defendant should use letters in the marking of exhibits.
Counsel are to meet before trial for the purpose of
designating agreed jury instructions. The onus is on
the plaintiff to file those instructions that the
parties have agreed to. Each party will then separately
file those instructions that the other side would not agree to.
In addition, parties filing proposed jury instructions should
email a Word Perfect or Microsoft Word version of those instructions to
Judge Simon's chambers mailbox.
The parties should limit their submissions of jury instructions
to substantive instructions regarding the claims and defenses
in the case. The Court has a standard set of general
instructions for all other matters such as the burden of proof,
credibility of witnesses, etc. Please consult the link to
Jury Instructions on this website for Judge Simonís
general instructions in civil cases.
If a civil case has been settled, the Courtroom Deputy must be
notified promptly. Jury costs will be assessed for failure to
inform the Courtroom Deputy of a settlement until the day of trial.