Notice of new Local Rules for federal court

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan has approved the following new Local Rules, effective February 1, 2011:

LR 47.1 Juror


(a) During the course of a trial, parties and attorneys must refrain from having contact with jurors before a verdict is returned.

(b) Once summoned to a courtroom for selection and until discharged, jurors must refrain from any outside contact or communication that relates to the case, which includes the use of cell phones, BlackBerries, iPhones, and other smartphone devices, the Internet, e-mail, text messaging, instant messaging, chat rooms, blogs, or the use of social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, YouTube, or Twitter.

(c) Parties, attorneys, and jurors learning of a violation of this rule must immediately notify the judicial officer presiding over the trial.

(d) Any person wilfully violating this rule is subject to sanctions. LR 72.2, Effect of Magistrate Judge Ruling Pending Appeal to a District Judge

When an objection is filed to a magistrate judge's ruling on a non-dispositive motion, the ruling remains in full force and effect unless and until it is stayed by the magistrate judge or a district judge.

The new rules may be found at:

Published: Thu, Jan 27, 2011