United States District Court, S.D. Georgia
RULE 26 INSTRUCTION ORDER
K. EPPS UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Rule of Civil Procedure 26(f) requires the parties to confer,
develop a proposed discovery plan, and submit a report to
this Court. Subsequent to the filing of the report, a
Scheduling Order must be entered pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P.
16(b). Therefore, the parties shall confer as provided in
Federal Rule 26(f) by the earlier of 60 days after any
defendant has been served with the complaint or 45 days after
any defendant has appeared. See L.R.
26.1(a). Thereafter, within 14 days after the
required conference held pursuant to Rule 26(f), the parties
shall submit to the Court a written report
conforming to the language and format of the Rule 26(f)
Report attached to this Order outlining their discovery plan.
See L.R. 26.1(b).
in unusually protracted or complex cases, the parties will be
expected to adhere to the following deadlines and
1. The parties shall serve all written discovery on
opposing parties and shall complete all depositions within
140 days of the filing of the last answer of the defendants
named in the original complaint. See L.R. 26.1 (d)(i).
2. The plaintiff must furnish the expert witness
reports required by Federal Rule 26(a)(2) within 60 days
after the Rule 26(f) conference. See L.R.26.1(d)(ii).
3. The defendant must furnish the expert witness
reports required by Federal Rule 26(a)(2) within 90 days
after the Rule 26(f) conference (or 60 days after the answer,
whichever is later). See L.R. 26.1(d)(iii).
4. The last day for filing motions to add or join parties
or amend the pleadings is 60 days after the first answer
of the defendants named in the original complaint. See L.R.
5. The last day for filing all other motions,
excluding motions in limine, is 30 days after the close of
discovery. See L.R. 7.4.
counsel, or, if applicable, ihepro se plaintiff,
shall ensure that a copy of this Order is served upon all
parties. Finally, a party who cannot gain the cooperation of
the other party in preparing the Rule 26(f) Report should
advise the Court prior to the due date of the report of the
other party's failure to cooperate.
of Rule 26(f) conference:____________________________.
Parties or counsel who participated in
any defendant has yet to be served, please identify the
defendant and state when service is