RETURN TO IN-PERSON HEARINGS

RETURN TO IN-PERSON HEARINGS COURT PROCEDURES

FOR CHIEF JUDGE MARIAN F. HARRISON

 

Procedures Regarding Attorney Participation

In Regular Chapter 7/11 Motion Dockets and Other Hearings

UPDATE REGARDING THE 7/11 DOCKET FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2021:  It appearing that no matters on the docket require evidence or extensive discussion, the docket will be held by Zoom telephone conference:

Zoom Call-In Number: 833-568-8864 US Toll-free   Meeting ID:  160 2983 9352

(Procedures for consolidated Chapter 13 dockets

are addressed in a separate administrative order)

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The procedures below reflect a general preference for returning to in-person hearings, but Chief Judge Harrison continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will make modifications as appropriate. It is anticipated that some in-person hearings may be converted to Zoom video or audio within the week prior to the hearing if circumstances dictate a change or if it appears that a virtual hearing is preferable.  Considerations will include the issues to be discussed, the number of participants affected, the amount of time likely required, and any other relevant factors.  Counsel and parties should check the Court docket for any changes up to the day of any scheduled hearing.

 

7/11 Docket:  Beginning September 7, 2021, the Courtroom Deputy will take a first call of the docket without the judge at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays.  Any matters that will be resolved by agreement, by agreed continuance to a date certain, and preliminary hearings simply awaiting a final hearing date to be set may be announced telephonically using the Zoom call-in number.  All matters requiring the judge will be conducted in person, in the courtroom unless the Court orders otherwise.  If there is good cause  to request a telephonic or Zoom video hearing (e.g., health or safety ), a motion must be filed no later than 48 hours before the hearing, which will be acted upon by the Court.  If granted, these hearings will be held at the end of the 7/11 docket. 

Other Hearings:  Specially set matters, such as adversary proceedings and other contested matters, will be held in person unless the Court orders otherwise.  Again, if there is good cause to request a telephonic or Zoom video hearing (e.g., health or safety ), a motion must be filed no later than 48 hours before the hearing, which will be acted upon by the Court.

Pretrial/Status Conferences:  Pretrial conferences in adversary proceedings will be conducted telephonically using the Zoom call-in number.  The Court will determine on a case-by-case basis whether status conferences in Chapter 11 Subchapter V cases will be conducted in-person or telephonically using the Zoom call-in number.  The method will be included in the Notice of Small Business Subchapter V Status Conference.  Any party may file a motion requesting a change in the method based on the circumstances of the case, location of counsel, etc.  The motion should be filed no later than 48 hours prior to the conference.

Big Chapter 11 Cases:  In larger Chapter 11 cases, particularly those involving out-of-town counsel, the Court will likely enter a separate order setting out the procedures that will be used and the appearance methods allowed, including, in some situations, the use of prescheduled omnibus hearing dates.