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RULE 72.1.2 ASSIGNMENT OF MATTERS TO MAGISTRATE JUDGES

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(a) Criminal Cases.

(1) Misdemeanor Cases. All misdemeanor cases will be assigned upon the filing of an information, complaint, or violation notice, or the return of an indictment to a magistrate judge, who will proceed in accordance with 18 U.S.C. ยง 3401 and the rules of procedure for the trial of misdemeanors.
(2) Felony Cases. Upon the return of an indictment or the filing of an information or complaint, all felony cases will be assigned to a magistrate judge for proceedings pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 5, the conduct of an arraignment, acceptance of waivers of indictment pursuant to Fed. R. Crim. P. 7(b), and such pretrial conferences including omnibus hearings as are necessary, and for the hearing and determination of all pretrial procedural and discovery motions.

(b) Civil Cases. The clerk of the court will assign civil cases to a magistrate judge or judge for the conduct of a Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b) scheduling conference, the issuance of a scheduling order, and such other pretrial conferences as are necessary and appropriate, and for the hearing and determination of all pretrial, procedural, and discovery motions. Where the parties consent to the trial and disposition of a case by a magistrate judge under D. Kan. Rule 72.1.3, such case will, with the approval of the judge to whom it was assigned at the time of filing, be reassigned to a magistrate judge for the conduct of all further proceedings and the entry of judgment.

(c) Reservation of Proceedings by Judges. Nothing in these rules precludes a judge from reserving any proceedings for conduct by a judge, rather than by a magistrate judge.

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