Updated Guidance for Scheduling Matters During Courthouse Closure

Release Date: 
Fri, 10/02/2020

The District Court has entered General Order 15-20 extending the closure of the courthouses until January 1, 2021.  The Bankruptcy Court has the discretion to conduct a very limited number of emergency evidentiary hearings and trials in person; most trials and evidentiary hearings will proceed by telephone or video conference. All scheduled non-evidentiary hearings will continue telephonically.

If you have an evidentiary hearing or trial scheduled prior to January 1, 2021, please contact the assigned judge's chambers.

Non-evidentiary matters scheduled through December 31, 2020 are to be noted as follows: 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. In ECF, the hearing should be set using the correct physical location for the assigned judge. 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 January 1, 2021 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.

Vancouver hearings: Matters scheduled for the October 6 and December 1 Vancouver calendars should include dial-in information for Judge Lynch; matters scheduled for the November 3 Vancouver calendar should include dial-in information for Judge Heston.