A Discussion of the New Administrative Order in Civil Motions Court

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn featuring Judge Richard D. Boner


Friday, December 13, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


 Mecklenburg County Courthouse - TCA Training Roon #4510



CLE Credit:

1.0 General Hour



$30 CLE Rate

 Free - No CLE



Mecklenburg County Courthouse

832 East 4th Street

Charlotte, NC

TCA Training Room #4510


Special Info:

11:45 a.m. Registration

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CLE


Courts Corner CLE Update:

Hon. Richard D. Boner issued an Administrative Order, effective November 4, 2013, regarding the length and quantity of briefs and other documents that may be submitted to the judges holding the Civil Motions Court. This one hour CLE will be a discussion of the background and implications of the Order.


Judge Boner shares his thoughts. Prior to attending law school, I received an undergraduate degree in journalism, and I worked as a newspaper reporter and columnist.   I was taught by my journalism professors at UNC to write so that a reader with a high school education could understand my story as well as a reader with a PhD degree.   My professors taught me that news stories should contain the most important information in the first few paragraphs because the longer the story, the fewer the readers who would read the entire story.   I have carried forward into my career as an attorney and as a judge the lessons I learned in journalism school and in the newsroom.  For many years, I taught a course in legal writing for paralegal students at Central Piedmont Community College. 


I emphasized that effective legal writing should be clear and concise just like a newspaper story.   Unfortunately, many attorneys do not know how to communicate efficiently and effectively.  Their  brief writing tends to be verbose and voluminous.   As a result, their memoranda are not effective.   


Superior Court judges who are assigned to the Civil Motions court in Mecklenburg County operate on a schedule.   Motions are calendared for specific times each day.   Because of the number of motions calendared in the courtroom, the presiding judges have a limited amount of time within which to prepare for the hearing of  motions.   If an attorney submits a lengthy brief and a large notebook of exhibits, they are likely to go unread or at best, to receive a cursory examination.   Attorneys who wish to support their oral arguments can do so more effectively by submitting briefs that are short and to-the-point or by submitting copies of appellate decisions upon which they are relying.  



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