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The rules of procedure in any proceeding in this court are those prescribed by the laws of the United States and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, along with these local rules and any orders entered by the court. These local rules shall be construed as consistent with Acts of Congress and rules of practice and procedure prescribed by the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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LOCAL RULE CR-55 Records

(a) Disposition of Trial Exhibits by Clerk. The Clerk will maintain all trial exhibits in criminal cases until the sentence of confinement set forth in the judgment of conviction, along with probation and supervised release conditions imposed by the Court, have been satisfied. At the end of this time period, the Clerk will contact the parties and provide notice of the intent to destroy the exhibits. If the parties do not object after receiving this notice, the exhibits will be destroyed. If either party objects, the Clerk will maintain the exhibits described in this paragraph and on an annual basis contact the parties to notify them of the intent to destroy the exhibits unless objections are received.

(b) Disposition of Sealed Exhibits by Clerk. Sealed exhibits submitted in miscellaneous cases to obtain pen registers, wiretaps, etc. will be maintained in the court’s vault for three years. At the end of this time, the Clerk will contact the parties and provide notice of the intent to destroy the sealed exhibits. If the parties do not object after receiving this notice, the sealed exhibits will be destroyed. If the parties do object, the Clerk will maintain the sealed exhibits described in this paragraph and on an annual basis contact the parties to notify them of the intent to destroy the exhibits unless objections are received. Once the parties no longer object to the destruction of the sealed exhibits after receiving notice, the Clerk will proceed to destroy the sealed exhibits.

(c) Submission of Hearing/Trial Exhibits.

(1) The parties shall not submit exhibits to the clerk’s office prior to a hearing/trial without an order of the court. The clerk shall return to the party any physical exhibits not complying with this rule.

(2) Exhibits shall be properly marked, but not placed in binders. Multiple-paged documentary exhibits should be properly fastened. Additional copies of trial exhibits may be submitted in binders for the court’s use.

(3) The parties shall provide letter-sized copies of any physical or oversized exhibit to the court prior to the conclusion of hearing/trial. The court may order parties to provide CD-ROM disk(s) containing PDF copies of all exhibits that were admitted by the court. Oversized exhibits will be returned at the conclusion of the trial or hearing. If parties desire the oversized exhibits to be sent to the appellate court, it will be their responsibility to send them.

(4) In cases appealed to the Fifth Circuit in which there was a hearing/trial, counsel must file all admitted exhibits within 14 days of the filing of the notice of appeal.