The magistrate judge assigned to a criminal case conducts the initial appearance, arraignment, and detention hearings in all criminal cases assigned to Judge Miller and enters a scheduling order containing the deadlines for discovery and pretrial motions and setting the matter for trial before the district judge. The trial is generally scheduled thirty to sixty days from the date of the arraignment. If the parties believe a trial date beyond the Speedy Trial deadline is needed, a conference will be set before Judge Miller for necessary findings and a trial date.
Judge Miller must schedule several trials each week, with criminal trials taking precedence over civil settings pursuant to the Speedy Trial Act. Judge Miller and his chambers strive to work with counsel to avoid wasted trial preparation, and Judge Miller ordinarily reaches every case on the date scheduled for trial.