July 15, 2020

Hearings: Appearing by Telephone (Alexandria, Norfolk-Newport News, and Richmond)

Non-Party Members of the Public and Press

Any non-party member of the public or press who wishes to listen to a court hearing should visit https://www.Court-Solutions.com to create an account. Click the boxes “I am not an attorney” and “Certified Indigent” when creating an account. You will receive an automated response email from CourtSolutions. In response to the automated email from CourtSolutions, state that you are a non-party member of the public or press and provide the name of the judge assigned to the case. Upon approval, CourtSolutions will notify you and designate your account for this matter as a fee waived account. You will then be able to register for hearings related to that case(s) without any cost to you. Your participation in such hearings will be on a listen-only basis. You must make a reservation for the hearing(s) through CourtSolutions and request a listen-only line. Per Standing Order 20-15, broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing of bankruptcy court proceedings is strictly prohibited.

Alexandria

Telephonic Appearances Before Judge Kenney and Judge Kindred:

For the Court-ordered Temporary Protocol Period-March 13, 2020 through April 30, 2020, follow the requirements set forth in Standing Order (March 16, 2020).

Telephonic appearances at court hearings are permitted in certain circumstances.

Unless the Court provides otherwise, parties participating in or listening to a hearing telephonically must be registered with CourtSolutions. Information about how to register and utilize the service can be obtained at http://www.court-solutions.com

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.) The Court’s grant of permission to appear telephonically is not a waiver of the requirement for appearances by local counsel (unless the party intends to participate in “listen only” mode).

All parties wishing to listen in or participate in hearings by telephone must receive permission from Chambers by submitting a request through CourtSolutions at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing and should be prepared to provide the following information: Name of party that the attorney is representing, the motion on which the attorney intends to argue, and the reason that a telephonic appearance is necessary. Approved participants must log into their Court Solutions account prior to the hearing time and access the large orange button entitled, “Open Hearing Dashboard” for dial-in instructions.

Telephonic appearances are discouraged if counsel intends to make substantive argument. Counsel and pro se parties are not permitted to participate telephonically for any hearings of an evidentiary nature, including the examination of witnesses or the submission of evidence.

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

 

Norfolk-Newport News

For the Court-ordered Temporary Protocol Period-March 19, 2020, through and including April 30, 2020, follow the requirements set forth in combined Standing Order No. 20-1.

Telephonic Appearances Before Judge Chief Judge Santoro and Judge St. John:

Telephonic appearances at court hearings are permitted in certain circumstances.

Unless the Court provides otherwise, parties participating in or listening to a hearing telephonically must be registered with CourtSolutions. Information about how to register and utilize the service can be obtained at www.court-solutions.com.

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 Internet Web Site’s Local Rules page.) The Court’s grant of permission to appear telephonically is not a waiver of the requirement for appearances by local counsel (unless the party intends to participate in “listen only” mode).

All parties wishing to listen in or participate in hearings by telephone must receive permission from Chambers by submitting a request through CourtSolutions at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the hearing and should be prepared to provide the following information: Name of party that the attorney is representing, and the motion on which the attorney intends to argue. Parties proceeding without legal representation should be prepared to provide the following information: Name of your bankruptcy judge, case name, and case number. For cases that end in “FJS,” the name of the Judge is Chief Judge Frank J. Santoro. For cases ending in “SCS,” the name of the Judge is Judge Stephen C. St. John. Approved participants must log into their CourtSolutions account no more than 15 minutes prior to the hearing time and access the large orange button entitled, “Open Hearing Dashboard” for dial-in instructions.

Telephonic appearances are discouraged if counsel intends to make substantive argument. The moving party must promptly advise the Court if a matter requires the submission of evidence or witness testimony, so that the Court may continue the matter to the future date.

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

 

Richmond

Judge Huennekens and Judge Phillips’s Telephonic Appearances:

For the Court-ordered Temporary Protocol Period-March 13, 2020 through and including April 30, 2020, follow the requirements set forth in General Order 20-2.

Telephonic appearances at court hearings are permitted in certain circumstances.

Unless the Court provides otherwise, parties participating in or listening to a hearing telephonically must be registered with CourtSolutions. Information about how to register and utilize the service can be obtained at http://help.court-solutions.com/hc/en-us.

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.)

Parties wishing to participate in hearings telephonically must receive permission from Chambers by submitting a request through CourtSolutions at least two (2) business days prior to the hearing and should be prepared to provide the following information: Name of party that the attorney is representing, the motion on which the attorney intends to argue, and the reason that a telephonic appearance is necessary. Approved participants must log into their CourtSolutions account prior to the hearing time and access the large orange button entitled, “Open Hearing Dashboard” for dial-in instructions.

Telephonic appearances are discouraged if counsel intends to make substantive argument. Counsel and pro se parties are not permitted to participate telephonically for any hearings of an evidentiary nature, including the examination of witnesses or the submission of evidence.

Parties that wish to “listen in” on a hearing are not required to: receive permission from Chambers prior to the hearing; be admitted to the Court or be admitted pro hac vice.

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

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