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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 Exhibits by Clerk. After providing notice to the parties, the clerk is authorized to destroy any sealed or unsealed exhibits eighteen months from either the date of the final judgment in the district court, if no appeal is filed, or the date that the direct criminal appeal process concludes. This will ensure that no § 2255 motion will be filed before destroying exhibits pursuant to this rule.

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 sealed exhibits will be destroyed.

(b) 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.

(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. See also Local Rule CV-79(a)(4).