(a) General Procedure. After a case is docketed, the clerk will forward it to a judge or magistrate judge for pretrial conferences, case supervision, and management as provided in Fed. R. Civ. P. 16. In cases other than those identified in subsection (b) of this rule, the court will hold conferences and hearings and issue orders in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 16.

(b) Exempt Cases. Unless the court orders otherwise in a particular case, the following categories of actions are exempt from the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b):
(1) Social Security cases and other actions for review of administrative decisions;
(2) all cases filed by pro se prisoners or directly related to the litigant’s incarceration;
(3) governmental administrative enforcement proceedings; (4) forfeiture proceedings;
(5) eminent domain proceedings; and
(6) bankruptcy appeals.

In exempt cases, the court ordinarily will not issue scheduling orders, require compliance with the disclosure provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(a), or require compliance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) relating to planning meetings between the parties.

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