February 05, 2020 Practice Points

Seventh Circuit Issues Reminder on Magistrate Judges

Chief Judge Diane Wood urged members of the bar to consult the court's Practitioner's Handbook for Appeals.

By Sanford Hausler

Chief Judge Diane Wood of the Seventh Circuit issued a chambers opinion on February 3, 2020 in Lowrey v. Tilden, in which she advised the bar that when a final judgment is issued by a magistrate judge, the jurisdictional statement must advise the court that the judgment was entered by a magistrate judge, that the parties had consented to having a magistrate judge decide the case, and the dates on which such consents were given. The judge urged members of the bar to consult the court's Practitioner's Handbook for Appeals (2019 ed.), which is available on the court's website, deeming it a "useful guide, regularly updated by the court and its staff, for both experienced and novice practitioners."

Sanford Hausler is an appellate attorney with Pollack, Pollack, Isaac & DeCicco, LLP in New York, New York.


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