United States District Court, D. Nebraska
F. ROSSITER, JR. UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
matter is before the Court on the parties' Joint Motion
for the Production of Supplemental Juror Questionnaires
(Filing No. 172). The parties have also attached (Filing No.
172-1) a proposed Supplemental Juror Questionnaire
(“proposed SJQ”). Upon careful review, the joint
motion is denied.
1 through 10 and 13 in the proposed SJQ are questions already
contained in the supplemental questionnaire sent to
prospective jurors by the Clerk's Office.
12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22 and 23 of the proposed SJQ
seek information which the Court will, in whole or in part,
ask of the jury panel during its general voir-dire
14, 21, 24, 26, 27, 28 and 29 of the proposed SJQ will be
left to the parties in conducting their individual voir-dire
the parties agree this matter is “complex and the
disputed value of the case is high, ” the Court will
allow voir dire by plaintiffs as a group and defendants as a
group in the amount of forty minutes per side.
JURY TRIALS BEFORE JUDGE ROSSITER
hours: Trial hours will usually be from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. with fifteen (15)
minute breaks in morning and afternoon.
of counsel at counsel tables: Plaintiff's counsel
shall utilize the tables closest to the jury box and the
defendant's counsel shall utilize the tables farthest
from the jury box.
Counsel should generally question from the podium, unless the
Court otherwise directs. Counsel should always refer to and
address witnesses and parties by their surnames absent prior
permission from the Court.
microphone: Microphones are placed on each podium, and
table microphones are placed on each counsel table. The
microphones should be pulled directly in front of and
approximately six inches away from counsel. Use these
microphones for questioning and making objections. Note that
the microphones can be muted for client conferences by
pushing the button on the base of the microphone.
audio: Be aware that when you speak in the courtroom
during trial and during breaks it
is broadcast to Judge Rossiter's chambers.
of jurors: Judge Rossiter generally uses a twelve-person
jury in a civil case, unless counsel agrees to fewer. No