United States District Court, S.D. Georgia
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, by the earlier of 60
days after any defendant has been served with the
complaint or 45 days after any defendant has
appeared, the parties shall confer as provided in Rule 26(f).
See L.R. 26.1(a). 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. L.R. 26.1(b); see Appendix of Forms
to Local Rules.
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. L.R. 26.1. (d)(i).
2. The plaintiff must furnish the expert witness reports
and disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(3) within 60 days
after the Rule 26(f) conference. L.R. 26.1(d)(ii).
3. The defendant must furnish the expert witness reports
and disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(2) within 90 days
after the Rule 26(f) conference (or 60 days after the last
answer, whichever is later). 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. L.R. 16.3.
5. The last day for filing all other motions,
including Daubert motions but excluding motions in
limine, is 30 days after the close of discovery, L.R. 7.4.
counsel shall ensure that a copy of this Order is served upon
each party. 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 ...