Timely submission of motions and memoranda

October 2007
By Judge John Wittmayer, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Lawyers continue to submit motions, memoranda, etc to the judge hearing the matter at the last minute. You spend a lot of time and effort (and your client goes to a lot of expense) in the preparation of written materials designed to convince the judge to make the "right" ruling for your client. So why do you deliver those materials to the assigned judge when it is too late for the judge to read and fully consider your materials before the hearing? You are wasting your time and effort and your client's money when you take this approach. Get your written materials submitted sufficiently in advance of the hearing to have them make a difference for your client.