Updated Guidance for Matters Scheduled Through August 30, 2020

Release Date: 
Wed, 06/24/2020

Updated Guidance for Matters Scheduled Through August 30, 2020

The District Court has issued General Order 08-20 related to courthouse operations in the continued COVID-19 outbreak.  The order extends the closure of the courthouses to the public through July 31, 2020. In addition, the order provides that effective immediately, those entering the courthouse will be required to wear appropriate face coverings. The Bankruptcy Court presently expects to be able to have some in-court evidentiary proceedings and trials commencing August 3, 2020, however, all scheduled non-evidentiary hearings will continue to be held telephonically, except as specifically directed by the individual judge, per General Order 2020-3. The guidance for noticing such hearings is extended accordingly.
For non-evidentiary matters scheduled through August 30, 2020:
Hearings should be set in ECF using the correct physical location for the assigned judge.
The hearing information listed in the upper right-hand corner of the pleading, per LBR 9013-1(d)(1)(B), should state "telephonic" as the location.
A Notice of Motion, per LBR 9013-1(c), should state the place of hearing as "telephonic" and include the dial in information for the specific judge.

Non-evidentiary hearings scheduled for August 30 and later should be noted for the assigned judge's physical courtroom location, both in ECF and on the notice.  If it becomes necessary to hold these matters telephonically, the parties will be notified by chambers.

Evidentiary hearings scheduled for August 3 or later are anticipated to be held in court; please check with chambers as to specific requirements.  

Vancouver hearings: Note that all matters scheduled for the June 30 Vancouver calendar should include the dial-in information for Judge Heston; matters scheduled for the August 4 Vancouver calendar should include dial-in information for Judge Lynch.