ORDERS PRESENTED FOR JUDGES SIGNATURE
True copies: Judge Brennan's clerks will be happy to process four true copies of each order signed, or as many true copies as there are parties, whichever is greater. Oakland County family law attorneys should present copies for processing.
Returning orders: Judge Brennan's clerks will mail true copies of orders to you. If you do not attach an envelope, we will hold your copies for two business days. Because of space constraints, we cannot hold them for a longer period. If not picked up, original orders will be filed and true copies will be discarded.
Judge Brennan's staff will make itself available by telephone, on short notice, in order to resolve discovery disputes expeditiously and without the need for motions.
EXTENSIONS OF DISCOVERY:
The standard scheduling order requires that the parties’ exchange witness lists within a specific time-frame. The discovery cutoff date is set at the scheduling conference. Parties in Oakland County family law cases may be given additional time after the scheduling conference to complete discovery depending upon the type of case. It is expected, however, that discovery will have been commenced prior to the settlement conference. Requests for extensions must be made by written motion. After the discovery cutoff, discovery will almost never be extended. Although Judge Brennan's court rarely strikes or limits expert testimony, it will do so where a party fails to provide a report, except for rebuttal witnesses. Any witness that is not named will not be allowed to testify at trial. Other requests for extensions must be made by written motion. One 60-day extension of summons will be granted upon a showing of good cause.
PREPARING FOR MOTION CALL
Judge’s copy of motions or briefs: Frequently, the file does not contain pleadings for a praeciped motion. To allow the Judge Mary Ellen Brennan time to review your motion, please deliver a copy of your motion/brief directly to the Judge's chambers by noon on the Friday (or sooner) before the scheduled hearing date. Be sure to print the hearing date on the top of the first page or attach a copy of the notice of hearing or praecipe so we know when the motion is scheduled.
Responsive pleadings: Your answer or responsive brief is just as important to Judge Brennan. Please deliver responsive pleadings by noon on Monday (or sooner) before the Wednesday motion call. (Note we cannot guarantee receipt of pleadings left in the County Clerks Office or slipped under the door.)
Adjourned motions: Again, due to storage limitations, if you reschedule your motion, you will need to file new judges copies of the pleadings. All judges copies will be discarded after motion call. We have no way of knowing which motions will be rescheduled and which have been abandoned.
Praecipes filed late: If you were unable to timely or properly file a motion, we cannot add it to the motion call. You may re-praecipe the motion for hearing on a subsequent motion day. Be sure to check the legal newspapers to find out if your motion is scheduled. If it is not on the call, check with the Assignment Office. Notify opposing counsel to avoid needless trips to the court house.
Motions for summary disposition: Please schedule motion hearing with staff attorney for Judge Brennan.
Oakland County Emergency Motions: The judge may consider hearing an emergency motion at any time. A written petition explaining a request for an emergency motion can expedite the courts handling of emergency matters.
Motions to settle orders: Present to Judge Mary Ellen Brennan with a transcript of the proceeding in which an order was made. Requests to review the video tape of an earlier hearing must be made prior to the hearing on the motion.
Requests for Evidentiary Hearing: If you have an issue that involves a factual dispute, you must file a motion in order to request an evidentiary hearing before Judge Brennan. Requests for hearing before an Oakland County referee may be made at the Early Intervention Conference without filing a motion.
JUDGMENTS OF DIVORCE
Trials: Trial dates are set at the settlement conference. Requests to adjourn must be made by written motion. Stipulated orders may be considered. All orders for adjournment must comply with MCR 2.503. Stipulate to first adjournment after first adjournment all adjournments must be requested through a motion.
Trial briefs: Trial briefs must be filed in all cases. Refer to Scheduling Orders for specific requirements. Be sure to identify uncontested issues.
Settlements: Settlements may be placed on the record by notifying the court clerk and requesting a time for hearing. No written motion is required.
Oakland County Default Judgments: Prior to presenting proofs, check to be sure you have filed a Default against the defendant. You must give notice if you intend to take a Default Judgment unless judgment is requested on the day of trial. Proofs of service should be filed at the time of or before taking a Default Judgment. MCR 2.603.
Oakland County Divorce Judgments: Whenever possible, the moving party should present the judge with a written judgment, approved by counsel and parties who have appeared, immediately before requesting judgment. All judgments must be presented for signature no later than 21 days after the judgment is granted, unless an extension is permitted by the court. MCR 3.211 (G). After first extension it is within the courts discretion to dismiss the case.