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Judges' Courtroom Preferences

In Minnesota, there are currently 293 district court judges who preside over matters in ten judicial districts. While the Minnesota Rules of Court provide attorneys with significant information applicable to court proceedings, each judge may have his or her individual preferences with respect to motion practice and courtroom conduct.

In an effort to assist attorneys who may be appearing before a judge for the first time, the MSBA Civil Litigation Section Governing Council provided all district court judges with a brief questionnaire. The responses that we received are organized here by judicial district and the judge’s name. We hope you find these responses to be helpful in your preparation for district court appearances.

For information about this project or to report an error in any judicial directory listing, contact Jennifer Carter, MSBA staff liaison to the Civil Litigation Section.


Third Judicial District Judges


Long, Christine

judicial photoDistrict Court Judge

Counties: Rice

State Court Bio: View Bio

Contact with chambers:

  • Set forth your preferred method to contact chambers (telephone, e-mail, etc.). Telephone through court administration or law clerk
  • To whom may attorneys direct scheduling/logistical questions? Rice County court administration scheduling clerk
  • To whom may attorneys direct substantive questions?  Law clerk

Motion practice:

  • Set forth your practices and procedures for scheduling motion hearings. Get a date from the scheduling clerk
  • Identify any type of motion for which you do not require a hearing. N/A
  • Do you accept telephone calls from attorneys to rule on discovery disputes that occur during depositions? I'm not usually available
  • How much time do you allot for motion hearings? Usually 30 minutes, please specify when scheduling the motion hearing if you need more time.
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attending a hearing by telephone or video conference. I prefer in-person appearances by all counsel for motion hearings. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to discovery motions. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to stipulations of the parties, including stipulations for protective orders. N/A
  • Do you have particular requirements or procedures relating to requests to amend the scheduling order? N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to default proceedings. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to handling emergency motions.  N/A

Written submissions:

  • Do you want to receive paper courtesy copies of the parties’ written submissions? If you do, set forth the number and preferred format of courtesy copies and identify any document type you do not want to receive. N/A
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for requests to deviate from the requirements of the General Rules of Practice for the District Courts.  N/A

In-court proceedings:

  • Identify what technology you use in the courtroom and state whether you prefer a particular electronic format. Proposed orders should be submitted in PDF and Word format
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney’s use of technology in the courtroom and during trial. Attorneys should meet with court administration in advance of any hearing or trial in which they wish to use the courtroom technology to ensure the smooth use of the same. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the submission of additional legal authority or other materials at or after oral argument. N/A
  • Do you permit parties to bifurcate oral argument so different attorneys address different legal issues?  Yes

Pretrial procedures:

  • Describe your preferred procedures for pretrial settlement conferences, including the timing of such conferences, persons who must attend, whether persons may attend by telephone or video conference, and how you participate in settlement discussions. The SCF is usually 2 weeks prior to the trial. Counsel and parties with authority to settle must appear in person. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling motions in limine.  Should be filed in advance of the SCF, so can be dealt with at that time or a determination can be made regarding whether additional time must be set aside to deal with the motions.

Trial:

  • What is your schedule for a typical trial day? 9 - noon, 1:30 - 4:30. !5 minute break morning and afternoon.
  • Set forth your voir dire procedures. Group voir dire. Court asks preliminary questions. 
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to courtroom decorum, including movement in the courtroom, use of a podium, whether attorneys should sit or stand, and how to address witnesses. Podium use during openings/closings; counsel must request to approach witnesses; all witnesses and other addressed as "Mr. or Ms." or other appropriate honorific; attorneys may stand during argument but must sit during witness examination.
  • Do you impose time limits with respect to opening statements and closing arguments?  Not typically
  • Identify your practices with respect to the use of technology in the courtroom during trial. Counsel should request in advance
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to marking and using exhibits. Pre-mark exhibits, provide a courtesy copy for the court and opposing counsel
  • Set forth your practices and procedures for handling objections. Place objection on record, ask to approach to argue
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to the use of deposition testimony. N/A
  • May attorneys obtain daily transcripts during trial? If so, what procedure should attorneys follow? Counsel must discuss this in advance with the court reporter
  • Set forth your practices and procedures with respect to attorney requests to contact jurors at the conclusion of trial.  N/A

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