Judge Van Bokkelen expects routine objections to be stated in open court rather than at the bench. Grounds for the objection should be stated briefly, as should any response the Court invites. Bench conferences should be reserved for discussion of matters the jury should not hear. Judge Van Bokkelen will cut off "speaking objections" that are directed as much to the jury as to the Court.
Before and after each recess, Judge Van Bokkelen will ask counsel whether there are matters to be addressed outside the jury's presence. These inquiries are not intended to provide opportunities for untimely motions in limine, but may be used to amplify evidentiary arguments.
Judge Van Bokkelen does not allow colloquy or argument directly between attorneys in open court. All remarks should be addressed to the Court.
When more than one attorney appears for a party, the attorney who examines a witness will be the attorney who may interpose objections during other examinations of that witness.