Honorable Martha D. Anderson
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Honorable Martha D. Anderson

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

Location

Courtroom 2B, Second Floor - Oakland County Court House
Telephone: 248-858-7954

E-Filed Cases

Judge Anderson participates in the Electronic Filing Program and, therefore, all pleadings and papers filed in  cases before her should be done electronically. A Judge's copy must be delivered to Chambers for all Motions for Summary Disposition, Motions for Reconsideration, Post-Trial Findings of Fact & Conclusions of Law, and Appellate Briefs. It is the responsibility of the attorneys and in pro per parties to prepare orders following all motion hearings, with the exception of Motions for Summary Disposition.  

Scheduling - Civil

Generally, Scheduling Orders are computer generated by the Case Management Office. Upon motion, the Court may schedule a Settlement Conference, which all parties (with settlement authority) and their respective counsel are required to attend. 
 
First adjournments of all Scheduling Order dates may be accomplished by submission of a proposed Stipulated Order; however, the proposed Stipulated Order shall include ALL of the following language:
 
  • Witness, Expert, and Exhibit Lists to be filed by:
  • Discovery to be Completed by:
  • Case Evaluation to occur in:
  • Motions for Summary Disposition AND in Limine to be filed by:
  • Facilitation (if agreed to by the parties) shall be completed by:
  • Final Pretrial Conference is scheduled for:
  • Trial is scheduled for:
  • All other provisions set forth in the Court's Scheduling Order dated __________ and Pretrial Order dated __________ remain unchanged.

The proposed Stipulated Order may not seek an extension in excess of 90 days, shall include the reason(s) for the requested adjournment, and be signed by all parties. The facilitation date, Pretrial date, and Trial date in the proposed Stipulated Order shall be left blank by the parties and will be completed by the Court. If the proposed Stipulated Order does not include all of the above language, the proposed Stipulated Order will be rejected by the Court. Any request for adjournment following a first adjournment of dates requires a motion to be filed with the Court setting forth the specific basis for the relief requested.

Scheduling - Criminal

Criminal arraignments, pretrials, and sentences are held on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.  Adjournments of these hearings are permitted by motion only.  The Court does not permit arraignments by mail.

Motion Practice

All motions (except Motions for Reconsideration) require the filing of a praecipe and notice of hearing to be heard by the Court on Motion Call day. The Court does not permit oral motions and/or oral responses to motions.  The Court will strictly enforce MCR 2.119(A)(1) and (2) as it relates to all motions, responses, replies, and briefs in support thereto.
 
Motion call is conducted promptly on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. Motions are heard on a first come/first serve basis. Attorneys shall check in with the Court Clerk immediately upon arrival. Oral arguments are at the Judge’s discretion. As a general rule, if the brief is thorough, oral arguments are not necessary. The Court will not hear any motion in the absence of a properly filed praecipe and notice of hearing.  
 
When filing a Summary Disposition Motion, the notice of hearing shall provide "a date and time to be determined by the Court."  A Judge's copy of any Motion for Summary Disposition, Brief in Support, and all attachments thereto must be provided to the Judge's Chambers.  Upon receipt of the Judge's Copy, the Court will issue a Scheduling Order (providing briefing deadlines and hearing date if one is deemed required by the Court).  No Summary Disposition Scheduling Order will be issued by the Court in the absence of a Judge's copy.

Injunctions

All Motions for Preliminary Injunctions and/or Motions for Temporary Restraining Orders (ex parte or otherwise) shall comply strictly with MCR 3.310. Failure to do so will result in the Court's denial of the motion.  

Protective Orders

All Motions for Entry of a Protective Order shall comply with MCR 2.302(C). Any proposed Stipulated Protective Order filed with the Court shall comply with MCR 2.302(F). Parties may not stipulate to the sealing of any records in any proposed Stipulated Protective Order. If the parties seek to seal ANY records filed with the Court (in whole or in part), a motion is required to be filed in compliance with MCR 8.119(I). Any proposed Stipulated Protective Order containing a provision permitting the sealing of records (in absence of a separately filed motion with the Court) will be rejected by the Court OR the provision will be stricken by the Court prior to entry of the Stipulated Order (if the proposed Order is otherwise agreeable by the Court).

Discovery

Upon motion, the Court may appoint a discovery facilitator, if deemed necessary by the Court.  

Pretrial Conferences

Pretrial Conferences on civil cases are scheduled by the Court on a date and time provided in the Scheduling Order.  Pretrial Conferences require only the appearance of Trial Counsel (unless otherwise ordered). If the matter has settled and no motion is required for the Court to approve settlement and/or distribute the proceeds of the settlement, then a Stipulated Order of Dismissal must be entered prior to the Pretrial date OR all Trial counsel must appear for the scheduled Pretrial Conference. If the parties fail to appear in the absence of a submission of a dismissal order, the case will be dismissed by the Court. Alternatively, if the matter has settled and a motion to approve settlement and/or distribute the proceeds of the settlement is required, then such a motion must be filed PRIOR TO the scheduled Pretrial date and set for hearing PRIOR to the Trial Date. The parties shall also contact the Court to inform the Court of the parties' settlement and the pending motion.
 
Pretrial Conferences on criminal cases are scheduled by the Court and held only on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. The Court will accept Cobbs pleas at arraignment or pretrial, but not on the day of trial.

Trials

The Court issues a Pretrial Order, in both civil and criminal cases, which governs the course of the trial.  All exhibits shall be marked by the parties prior to the Trial date; stickers may be obtained from the Court Clerk. Plaintiffs shall use numbers for exhibits and Defendants shall use letters for exhibits. The Court conducts the initial voir dire of the jury, permitting the attorneys to conduct a limited voir dire thereafter.  
 
In jury cases, the Court requires proposed Jury Instructions to be filed with the Court AND submitted to the Judge's Chambers in Microsoft Word format on a flash drive one week before the scheduled trial date. Each jury instruction shall be on a separate page, double-spaced, bolded, and 14-point Arial font, with headers centered at the top of the page. In non-jury cases, Trial Briefs (with proposed Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law) shall be filed with the Court with a Judge's Copy delivered to Chambers one week before the scheduled Trial date.
 
Trial hours are from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The parties are expected to appear and be ready to begin trial promptly at 8:30 a.m. (unless otherwise directed by the Court). 

General

The Court is open to all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).