PRE-TRIAL AND SCHEDULING ORDERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THOMAS L. AUSLEY

KRISTEN A. ALGERT

Ausley, Algert, Robertson & Flores, L.L.P.

3307 Northland Drive, Suite 420

Austin, Texas 78731

(512) 454-8791

tausely@ausley-algert.com

 

JANICE L. GREEN

Farris & Green

1300 West Lynn, Suite 201

Austin, Texas  78703-3997

(512) 473‑8591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Bar of Texas

THE ULTIMATE TRIAL NOTEBOOK:  FAMILY LAW

December 9-10, 2004

Dallas

 

 

CHAPTER 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



TABLE OF CONTENTS

I.     INTRODUCTION......................................................................................................................................... 1

 

II.    DISCOVERY CONTROL PLANS................................................................................................................... 1

A.    The Law............................................................................................................................................... 1

B.    Comparison of Discovery Control Plans................................................................................................... 1

1.    Level 1 Discovery Control Plan (TRCP 190.2)................................................................................... 1

2.    Level 2 Discovery Control Plan (TRCP 190.3)................................................................................... 1

3.    Level 3 Discovery Control Plan (TRCP 190.4)................................................................................... 1

C.    Examples of Level 3 Discovery Control Plans........................................................................................... 2

 

III.   PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCES & ORDERS...................................................................................................... 2

A.    The Law............................................................................................................................................... 2

B.    Examples of Pre-Trial Orders ................................................................................................................. 2

C.    Typical Pre-Trial Orders......................................................................................................................... 2

1.    Amended and Supplemental Pleadings.  ............................................................................................ 2

2.    Dilatory Pleas and Exceptions........................................................................................................... 3

3.    Motions in Limine........................................................................................................................... 3

4.    Written Stipulations; Rule 11 Agreements.   ...................................................................................... 3

5.    Requested Questions, Instructions, Definitions................................................................................... 4

6.    Other Subjects of a Pre-Trial Order.................................................................................................. 5

 

IV.   OTHER PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS AND CONSIDERATIONS............................................................................. 5

A.    Motion for Summary Judgment and Motion for No-Evidence Summary Judgment ....................................... 5

1.    Motion for Summary Judgment. ...................................................................................................... 5

2.    Motion for No-Evidence Summary Judgment. ................................................................................... 6

B.    Motion for Continuance.......................................................................................................................... 7

C.    Motion for Preferential Setting................................................................................................................. 7

D.    Motion for Consolidation or for Separate Trials......................................................................................... 7

1.    Consolidated Trials.......................................................................................................................... 7

2.    Separate Trials................................................................................................................................ 8

E.    Misjoinder and Non-Joinder of Parties...................................................................................................... 8

F.    Request for Judicial Notice..................................................................................................................... 8

1.    Judicial Notice of Adjudicative Facts................................................................................................. 8

2.    Judicial Notice of Law of Other States.............................................................................................. 9

3.    Judicial Notice of Laws of Foreign Countries..................................................................................... 9

 4.   Judicial Notice of Texas City and County Ordinances, the Contents of the Texas Register, and the Rules of Agencies.                                                                                                                                                      9

G.    Objection to Referral of Final Trial to Associate Judge............................................................................... 9

H.    Objection to Judge Assigned to a Trial Court (Objection to Visiting Judge)................................................. 10

I.     Motion for Recusal or Disqualification of Judge....................................................................................... 10

J.     Request to Interview Child.................................................................................................................... 10

K.    Request to Limit Attendance.................................................................................................................. 10

 

V.    CONCLUSION........................................................................................................................................... 10

 

APPENDIX 1..................................................................................................................................................... 11

 

APPENDIX 2..................................................................................................................................................... 13

 

APPENDIX 3..................................................................................................................................................... 15

 

APPENDIX 4..................................................................................................................................................... 17

 

APPENDIX 5..................................................................................................................................................... 21

 

APPENDIX 6..................................................................................................................................................... 23

 

APPENDIX 7..................................................................................................................................................... 27

 

APPENDIX 8..................................................................................................................................................... 31

 

APPENDIX 9..................................................................................................................................................... 35