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Judge Van Bokkelen: Trial Date

After the discovery is completed, the court will confer with counsel before scheduling a trial. Judge Van Bokkelen must schedule several trials each week, with criminal trials taking precedence over civil settings pursuant to the Speedy Trial Act. However, to accommodate civil litigants as much as possible, Judge Van Bokkelen reserves the first week of each month for civil trials exclusively. Judge Van Bokkelen and his chambers strive to work with counsel to avoid wasted trial preparation, and Judge Van Bokkelen ordinarily reaches every case on the date scheduled for trial. Certainty, however, cannot be offered until the eve of trial. Counsel who seek greater certainty should consider consenting to trial before the magistrate judge.