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
(Procedures for consolidated Chapter 13 dockets
are addressed in a separate administrative order)
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.