Judge Marianne B. Bowler

Born 1947 in Boston, MA

Federal Judicial Service

Magistrate Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts.

First appointed to the Court May 7, 1990, former Chief Magistrate Judge.


Regis College, A.B., 1967
Suffolk Law School, J.D., 1976


Boston Courthouse

John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse
1 Courthouse Way, Suite 2300
Boston, Massachusetts 02210


25, 7th floor

John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse - Boston, MA
John J. Moakley Federal Courthouse - Boston, MA

Courtroom Technology

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Assistant/Law Clerk Andrew Hinman 617-748-4101 andrew_hinman@mad.uscourts.gov
Courtroom Clerk Lisa Belpedio 508-929-9906 lisa_belpedio@mad.uscourts.gov
Chambers Procedures/Standing Orders/Sample Orders
USDC Judicial Forum Survey

Civil - Case Management

Q6: What schedule do you set at the initial scheduling conference?

A6: All discovery, dispositive motions, Daubert, markman hearing.

Q9: If so, what issues do you address at status conferences?

A9: Status of discovery, ability to comply with original schedule.

Civil - Discovery

Civil - Dispositive Motions

Civil - Patent Cases

Civil Mediation

Q34: Do you have a standard pre-mediation order for the parties? If so, please attach it here.

A34: [SAMPLE 1] Docket Text: ELECTRONIC NOTICE of ADR Conference Alternative Dispute Resolution Hearing set for 1/11/2017 10:00 AM in Courtroom 25 before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler. Counsel and parties are ORDERED to be present and to have full settlement authority. Parties presence shall ONLY be excused by order of the COURT. A brief mediation memorandum addressing both the merits of the case and the filing party's settlement position should be submitted to the court via facsimile to (617) 204-5833 or via email as an attachment to Christine_Patton@mad.uscourts.gov THREE BUSINESS DAYS before the hearing. The mediation memo should be marked “Confidential - Not for docketing” and is not to be served upon opposing parties. Counsel are asked to accommodate this date. In the event that you believe the case is not ripe for mediation at this time contact the Courtroom Deputy. But if the date poses a serious conflict, please do NOT contact the Courtroom Deputy directly regarding mediation scheduling. Counsel are to confer with opposing counsel and FILE AN ASSENTED-TO MOTION TO CONTINUE the mediation, including therein several proposed dates for which all counsel and principals are available. (Garvin, Brendan).

Q36: Do you require the party/parties to be present or available during a mediation?

A36: Yes, a party with decision making authority must be present.

Criminal Matters

Q38: Typically, at what point, will you refer a criminal case back to the district judge?

A38: When the defendant indicates it will be a trial or a plea or there is a dispositive motion schedule.

General Trial Practice - Pretrial Matters

Q40: Do you require the filing of a trial brief?

A40: Yes, contested issues of fact and law proposed jury instructions contested and stipulated exhibits witness list.

Q46: Do you typically hear motions in limine at the final pretrial conference?

A46: Sometimes, and sometimes on the first day of trial.

Q52: Do you require trial exhibits to be pre-marked? If so, please describe your practice?

A52: Yes, stipulated exhibits should be premarked - plaintiff/numbers and defendant/letters.

General Trial Practice - Scheduling Trials

Q53: Typically, when do you set a trial date in civil cases?

A53: After the completion of discovery and resolution of any dispositive motions.

General Trial Practice - Jury Selection

Q56: Please describe your jury selection process.

A56: Panel sworn, questions asked and responses heard at sidebar. After panel is declared indifferent clerk calls jurors to fill the box. Counsel given a few minutes and challenges heard at sidebar and new jurors called to replace those who have been removed.

Q58: If you would consider the use of a jury questionnaire, when and in what form should it be proposed?

A58: At the final pretrial conference and in the form of the proposed questions.

General Trial Practice - Trial Practices

Standing Orders & Miscellaneous Matters

Q72: Order #3

A72: Respondent skipped this question.

Q73: If there is any other guidance about your court practices and preferences that you would like to share with counsel that has not been solicited by any of the prior questions, please provide it here.

A73: Please refer to the attached Order for Pretrial Memorandum (Jury Trial) At #70 above [Sample 2] and the attached Order for Pretrial Memorandum (Bench Trial) At #71 above [Sample 3].