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Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project: Northern District of Illinois
The “Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Project” studies whether requiring parties in civil cases to respond to standard discovery requests before undertaking other discovery reduces the cost and delay of civil litigation. The Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, is participating in the pilot project as of June 1, 2017.
The pilot project is governed by General Order 17-0005 and a Standing Order issued by the court in covered cases, In re Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program in the Northern District of Illinois. A Users’ Manual explains the project’s procedures and requirements. A checklist summarizes requirements in a time line.
The following Eastern Division judges are participating in the pilot project:
District Judge Jorge L. Alonso
District Judge John Robert Blakey
Senior District Judge Elaine E. Bucklo
Chief District Judge Ruben Castillo
District Judge Edmond E. Chang
District Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman
District Judge Robert M. Dow Jr.
District District Judge Thomas M. Durkin
District Judge Sara L. Ellis
District Judge Gary Feinerman
District Judge Virginia M. Kendall
District Judge John Z. Lee
District Judge Manish S. Shah
District Judge John J. Tharp Jr.
District Judge Andrea R. Wood
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey Cole
Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox
Magistrate Judge Sheila Finnegan
Magistrate Judge Jeffrey T. Gilbert
Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim
Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin
Magistrate Judge Michael T. Mason
Magistrate Judge Mary M. Rowland
Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier
Magistrate Judge Maria Valdez
Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has a website where the court posts information about the court’s pilot project.