Southern District Judge Analisa Torres (See Profile) has set a quick schedule to decide motions by five police unions to intervene in the stop-and-frisk litigation.

Presiding over a 45-day remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit for purposes of completing settlement talks in Floyd v. City of New York, 08-cv-01034, Torres directed the unions, who had asked to intervene at the Second Circuit before that court stayed Judge Shira Scheindlin’s liability and remedial rulings in the cases, to submit papers by March 5, with briefing to be complete by March 14.

The city Law Department asked for the remand in January with the outlines of a deal in place that would include a court-appointed monitor for the Police Department for three years. The unions claim Scheindlin’s rulings affect their ability to police the city and impact their collective bargaining rights and they therefore have a right to intervene in Floyd and a second case, Ligon v. City of New York, 13 Civ. 3123.

In her brief order, Torres also told the parties to report back to her by March 5 on whether they want her participation to help reach a settlement.