United States Magistrate Judge for the District of New Jersey
Judicial Assistant, N/A
Chambers - 973-645-3827
Courtroom Deputy - Scott Creegan - 973-645-3827
Court Room: MLK 2B
Correspondence: Joint agenda letters (up to 3 double spaced pages) should be filed 8 or more days prior to status conferences itemizing the issues for discussion, if any.
Courtesy copies: One copy of all informal and formal papers for motions before Judge Mannion should be mailed or delivered to chambers. Exhibits should be demarcated by tabs.
Discovery disputes: No discovery motion or motion for sanctions for failure to provide discovery shall be made without prior leave of Court. The propounder of any discovery request shall identify in writing any deficiency with discovery responses withing 30 days of receipt. Counsel “shall confer” in good faith and attempt to informally resolve disputes before seeking Court intervention. If informal efforts fail within 10 days of the occurrence of the dispute and (for disputes over paper discovery, no later than 120 days after R16 conference) the parties shall file a joint dispute letter on ECF not to exceed 6 pages setting forth: (a) the request; (b) the response; (c) efforts to resolve the dispute; (d) why the complaining party believes the information is relevant and why the responding party’s response continues to be deficient; and (e) why the responding party believe the response is sufficient. If the dispute is complex (e.g., concerns privilege, undue burden, or privacy) counsel shall also file briefs and supporting affidavits along with their joint dispute letter.
Extensions and Adjournments: Seek consent. If consented, file joint letter. If not consented, file written request compliant with Local Rule 6.1.
Faxes: Settlement positions (up to 5 pages) for a scheduled settlement conference may be faxed to chambers. No other faxes without prior approval.
Motions: Leave is not required for Rule 12(b) motions, motions to seal, or motions to admit pro hac vice. No other motions are to be filed without prior written permission sought by informal letter preferably filed jointly with adverse counsel.
Motions to Amend: If consent, file on stipulation. If no consent, seek consent by presenting adversary counsel with 1) the proposed pleading, 2) a redlined (or track changes) version of the proposed pleading, and 3) a stipulation. The recipient shall either consent or provide objection(s) supported by a letter brief to the requester within 14 days. The requester will then either draft a new proposal and restart the process or provide its response supported by a letter brief within 10 days. This process should be repeated until there is either consent or an impasse. If an impasse, file informal letter requesting leave along with above items 1 and 2 plus the respective letter briefs regarding futility and a proposed form of order.
Pro Hac Vice: Seek consent. If consented, file letter with proposed consent order and supporting certification compliant with Local Rule 101.1(c).