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In order to better serve the attorneys and litigants appearing in Judge Potts' courtroom, we have adopted the following guidelines. Please advise your clients and staff so that there are no misunderstandings.

Location 

Fifth Floor - Oakland County Courthouse
Telephone: 248-858-0365
Fax: 248-975-9787
 

Background

Judge Potts is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Law. She has served on the Circuit Court since 1997. Judge Potts previously served as a Probate Court Judge and was in private practice.

Criminal Court

Criminal sentence, pretrials and arraignments held at 1:15 p.m. on Wednesdays.  Arraignments are done in person.  Will accept Cobbs pleas at arraignment.  Adjournments considered by motion; stipulation on good cause.  Court sometimes permits oral bond motions.
 
Appointed to the Business Court Docket June 1, 2013

TRO/Injunction

Court follows MCR 3.310 and grants ex-parte relief as per court rules. Court may accelerate briefing schedule.

Scheduling/Conference

Scheduling orders are not automatically generated for Business Court cases.  A Notice to Appear for status conference will be issued when all defendants have appeared/responded.  A Joint Plan is required a week prior to the status conference and requirements are stated in the Notice to Appear.  The status conference must be attended by lead counsel.  A comprehensive scheduling order will be issued at the status conference, which is only modifiable by formal motion.  Court may order facilitation.

Motion Practice

Motions heard promptly at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday; check in with clerk. Add-on policy at Court's discretion. Does not allow oral argument on all motions. Moving party sets hearing date for non-dispositive motions. Dates for summary disposition set by research attorney.  Hearing held seven days after motion is filed. Motions, responses and briefs must comply with MCR 2.119(A) unless otherwise ordered. Responses to motions filed within the times set by MCR 2.116(G) and 2.119(C).  Motions in limine to be filed and heard at least three weeks prior to trial dates as listed in Scheduling Order.  Research attorney reviews all dispositive and criminal motions.  Court participates in Judge On-Line.  Paper Judge’s copies are required for all dispositive motions, responses and replies and briefs and for motions for reconsideration.

Trials

Exhibits marked by attorneys prior to trial; Plaintiff - numbers; Defendant - letters. Trial briefs required for bench trials. Parties may stipulate to bench trials being decided on briefs.  Trial hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Court requires proposed findings in bench trials; can be amended after trial to conform to evidence. Court conducts voir dire and counsel may participate. Specific voir dire requests allowed at day of trial, in writing. Proposed jury instructions required at least one week prior per the Court's Final Pretrial Order.