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Procedures for Hearings before Hon. Keith L. Phillips

HEARING CANCELLATIONS

Pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(O), the moving party is responsible for notifying the Court of any settlement or other valid reason that a hearing or trial need not be conducted.

HEARING CONTINUANCES

Except for continuances requested in Court during a hearing, continuances must be requested by motion pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 9013-1(J). The Court will not grant continuance requests made by telephone.The party requesting a continuance is encouraged to consult with opposing counsel, and the trustee if applicable, prior to filing a motion requesting a continuance and to state the position of opposing counsel and the trustee, if applicable, in the motion. Continuances should be requested only for good cause and with sufficient time to allow the Court to consider the motion prior to the hearing date. All continuance requests should propose a date and time for the continued hearing from the dates available, if dates for such matters are provided. The moving party should contact the respective Judge’s Courtroom Deputy immediately upon the filing of a motion requesting a continuance to ensure timely consideration.

LENGTH OF HEARINGS

If a hearing will be longer than 10 minutes, or if evidence or legal argument will be presented, the moving party must request a hearing date from the Judge’s Courtroom Deputy. After a matter has been scheduled for hearing, if it subsequently becomes apparent to the moving party that the hearing will be longer than 10 minutes or evidence or legal argument will be presented, the moving party should contact the Courtroom Deputy to determine whether the scheduled hearing date and time remains acceptable to the Court. The moving party should provide the Courtroom Deputy with the estimated time for the matter; any applicable time frame within which the parties desire the matter to be heard; and any avoid dates for the parties and their counsel, in the event the Court determines that the hearing should be rescheduled.

EXPEDITED HEARINGS

The moving party should contact the respective Judge’s Courtroom Deputy immediately upon the filing of a motion requesting an expedited hearing to ensure timely consideration.

REMOTE HEARINGS

Appearing by Zoom for Government

Hearings: Appearing by Zoom for Government (Judge Phillips Only)

Per Standing Order 20-15, broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing of bankruptcy court proceedings is strictly prohibited.

Beginning on October 14, 2020, and continuing until further notice, unless otherwise ordered, all proceedings before Judge Phillips will be conducted by video conference via Zoom for Government in accordance with General Order 20-5. Any participant wishing to appear via Zoom for Government must pre-register. Attorneys seeking to participate must be admitted to the Court or admitted pro hac vice. (See Local Bankruptcy Rule 2090-1, which is accessible on the Court’s Local Rules internet web site page.)

For Matters to be Heard before Judge Phillips during Chapter 13 and Motion Day Dockets:

Parties wishing to participate in hearings via Zoom for Government must transmit, via e-mail, a completed request form, linked here as a PDF-fillable request form, by the requesting party to the appropriate bankruptcy judge’s chambers, as follows:

For Judge Phillips’ chambers: EDVABK-ZOOM-Judge_Phillips@vaeb.uscourts.gov

NOTICE: This email address shall be used only to submit Zoom Requests. No other matters or requests will be considered by Chambers staff and under no circumstances will any such matters or requests be brought to the Judge’s attention. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in appropriate action, including but not limited to the imposition of sanctions.

Absent compelling circumstances, the request form should be submitted no later than two (2) business days prior to the hearing or proceeding. The Judge’s chambers will then provide the requesting party with a registration link. All participants must separately register for the video conference no later than one (1) business day prior to the hearing or proceeding. Persons that register will receive separate email notification on whether their registration has been approved or denied. In the event that registration is approved, the confirmation email will include the participant’s unique link to the video conference.

Under no circumstances may any participant or listener record or broadcast the proceedings.

TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES

The moving party should contact the respective Judge’s Courtroom Deputy immediately upon the filing of a motion requesting an expedited hearing to ensure timely consideration.

STANDING ORDERS

COURTROOM DEPUTY CONTACT INFORMATION

   Hon. Kevin R. Huennekens: Lisa Gary (804) 916-2441
   Hon. Keith L. Phillips: Peggy Rintye (804) 916-2442

PERSONAL ELECTRONICS DEVICE POLICY

NOTICE: The following email address shall be used only to submit Electronic Device Requests. No other matters or requests will be considered by Chambers staff and under no circumstances will any such matters or requests be brought to the Judge’s attention. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in appropriate action, including but not limited to the imposition of sanctions.

The request form attached to the Personal Electronics Device Policy, and linked here as a PDF-fillable request form, should be completed, as indicated on the request form. Once completed, the request form should be attached to an e-mail as a PDF file, and transmitted, via e-mail, by the requesting attorney, to the appropriate bankruptcy judge’s chambers, as follows:

For Judge Phillip's chambers: EDVABK-PED-Judge_Phillips@vaeb.uscourts.gov

Absent compelling circumstances, the request form should be submitted no later than two (2) business days prior to the hearing or proceeding.


Courtroom 5100

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­CHAPTER 13 HEARING DATES

Confirmation Hearing Dates for Chapter 13 Plans and Amended/Modified Chapter 13 Plans for Judge Phillips:

Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided. It is the debtor’s responsibility to comply with proper noticing requirements pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 3015-2(F). If you need to schedule a confirmation hearing date beyond the date(s) listed, please contact a Courtroom Deputy.

9:00 a.m. - Carl Bates’ Motions to Dismiss
9:05 a.m. – Carl Bates’ Confirmation Hearings
9:10 a.m. – Suzanne Wade’s Confirmation Hearings

9:15 a.m. - Suzanne Wade’s Motions to Dismiss
09:30 a.m. - Miscellaneous Motions 
 

9:30 a.m. - Motions to Approve Loan Modifications and Motions to Extend Stay
9:30 a.m. - Chapter 11 Matters and U.S. Trustee Matters

For Contested Matters Please Contact Courtroom Deputy

February 08, 2023

February 22, 2023

March 22, 2023

April 05, 2023

April 19, 2023

May 17, 2023


 2023 Motions for Relief from Stay for Judge Phillips cases are to be set at 9:30 a.m. 

MOTIONS DAY HEARING DATES

                                                            Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided. It is the movant’s responsibility to comply with proper noticing requirements.

9:30 a.m. - Motions for Relief from Stay
9:30 a.m. - Pretrial Conferences and Motion for Default Judgment

9:30 a.m. - Miscellaneous Motions

9:30 a.m. - Motions to Extend Stay, Reaffirmations, 
9:30 a.m. - Chapter 11 Matters and U.S. Trustee Matters 

For Contested Matters Please Contact Courtroom Deputy


February 01, 2023

February 15, 2023

March 01, 2023

March 15, 2023

March 29, 2023

April 12, 2023