RULE 40. ASSIGNMENT OF CASES FOR TRIAL

Effective Date: 3/1/1992

Obsolete Date: 8/1/2004

(a) Continuous Session of District Court. The district court is in continuous session in each county. Criminal and civil cases will be scheduled for trial in accordance with a calendaring procedure maintained and operated under the direction and supervision of the presiding judge of the district.

(b) Note of Issue and Certificate of Readiness.

(1) A party desiring to have an action placed on the calendar for trial shall prepare a certificate of readiness and note of issue and shall serve the same on counsel for all parties and file it, with proof of service, with the clerk of court within 5 days after such service. The certificate of readiness and note of issue shall certify, to the best knowledge and belief of the filing attorney, the following:
(A) That issues are joined and the case in all respects is ready for trial;
(B) That all discovery has been completed;
(C) That all pretrial motions have been disposed of;
(D) Sufficient time has elapsed to afford all parties reasonable opportunity to be ready for trial;
(E) There are no present prospects for settlement;
(F) Whether or not the case is for trial by jury and the size of the jury;
(G) That all pleadings of the filing attorney have been filed with the clerk of court;
(H) The estimated length of trial;
(I) The names and addresses of respective counsel.
Except as qualified in paragraph (2), the filing of a certificate of readiness and note of issue constitutes certification by all parties to the action that the case is ready for trial.
(2) If a party, other than the party filing the certificate of readiness, is not ready for trial, that party shall prepare a certificate of nonreadiness and shall serve the same on counsel for all parties and shall file it with the clerk of court within 10 days after the date of service of the certificate of readiness. The certification of nonreadiness must set forth in what respects the case is not ready and must specify a time limit within which the case will be ready for trial.
(3) The case shall be placed on the trial calendar 14 days after the filing of the certificate of readiness and note of issue, or on the date specified in the certificate of nonreadiness, whichever is later.
(4) Any dispute with respect to the certificate of readiness or the certificate of nonreadiness must be brought before the court by motion of a party or the court. The court may impose appropriate sanctions, including payment of the reasonable expense incurred in bringing the motion.

(c) Trial Dates. All contested cases will be assigned trial dates by the trial judge under the direction and supervision of the presiding judge of the district.

(d) Trial Date Continuances. No continuance on trial dates will be given unless formally approved by the trial judge scheduled to hear the case. A request to continue a trial must be made within 10 days after receipt of notice of trial given by the court. If unavoidable circumstances should arise, the trial judge may consider waiving the 10-day requirement.

(e) Untried Cases. Actions or proceedings that have been pending and filed in which there has been a want of prosecution for more than one year may be dismissed without prejudice by the court on its own motion upon notice or on motion of either party.

Rule 40 was amended effective July 1, 1981; January 1, 1988; August 1, 2004; March 1, 2008; March 1, 2009; March 1, 2011.

Rule 40 has the same purpose as Fed.R.Civ.P. 40.

Rule 40 was amended, effective March 1, 2011, in response to the December 1, 2007, revision of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The language and organization of the rule were changed to make the rule more easily understood and to make style and terminology consistent throughout the rules.

Rule 40 was amended, effective March 1, 2008, to eliminate the note of issue and certificate of readiness requirement. Decisions on placement of cases on the trial calendar are made at Rule 16 scheduling conferences or as otherwise scheduled by the court.

Subdivision (a) provides for continuous session of district court, rather than distinct "terms" of court. The presiding judge is to oversee the calendaring process.

Subdivision (d) was amended, effective March 1, 2011, to increase the time to request a continuance from 10 to 14 days after receiving notice of trial.

Subdivision (e) provides for dismissal of untried cases after one year of inactivity.

The rule was amended, effective January 1, 1988, to make the rule gender neutral.

SOURCES: Joint Procedure Committee Minutes of April 29-30, 2010, page 13; January 29-30, 2009, page 33; April 24-25, 2008, pages 21-22; April 26-27, 2007, pages 14-15; September 18-19, 2003, pages 11-18; April 24-25, 2003, pages 26-30; November 7-8, 1991, page 5; October 25-26, 1990, page 16; January 23, 1986, pages 9-12; September 18-19, 1980, pages 13-14; May 29-30, 1980, pages 1-2, 6-11; March 27-28, 1980, pages 3-4; January 17-18, 1980, page 3; November 29-30, 1979, pages 9-10; Fed.R.Civ.P. 40.

CROSS REFERENCE: N.D.R.Civ.P. 16 (Pretrial Conferences; Scheduling; Management); N.D.R.Crim.P. 50 (Calendars).

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03/01/2009 03/01/2011 View
03/01/2008 03/01/2009 View
08/01/2004 03/01/2008 View
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