Updated Guidance for Matters Scheduled Through September 7, 2020

Release Date: 
Tue, 07/28/2020

The District Court has issued General Order 11-20 extending the closure of the courthouses to the public through September 7, 2020. Accordingly, the Bankruptcy Court presently expects that limited in-court evidentiary proceedings and trials will not commence until September 8, 2020, or potentially later, depending on the public health situation. 

If you have an evidentiary hearing or trial scheduled prior to September 8, 2020, please contact the assigned judge’s chambers.

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 scheduled non-evidentiary hearings is extended accordingly.

For non-evidentiary matters scheduled through November 1, 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 November 2 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 September 8 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 August 4 and October 6 Vancouver calendars should include dial-in information for Judge Lynch; matters scheduled for the September 1 Vancouver calendar should include dial-in information for Judge Heston.