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
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 ianguage 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 discover 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
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.l(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. 16.3.
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, thejpro 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 conference: ____
any defendant has yet to be served, please identify the
defendant and state when service is expected. ____
the Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures were made or will be made: ____
any party objects to making the initial disclosures required
by Rule 26(a)(1) or proposes changes to the timing or form of
(a) Identify the party or parties making the objection or
(b) Specify the objection or proposal: ____
Local Rules provide a 140-day period for discovery. If any
party is requesting additional time for discovery,
(a) Identify the party or parties requesting additional time:
b) State the number of months the parties are requesting for
(c) Identify the reason(s) for requesting additional time for
___ Unusually large number of parties
___ Unusually large number of claims or defenses
___ Unusually large number of witnesses
___ Exceptionally complex factual issues
___ Need for discovery outside the United ...