December 11, 2017

Procedures for Hearings before Hon. Frank J. Santoro


NEWPORT NEWS DIVISION


ERRORS IN NOTICES OF HEARING
If the moving party includes an incorrect hearing date, time, or location in the notice of hearing, the Clerk’s Office will issue an Inquiry Checksheet notifying the moving party of the error, and the matter will not appear on the Court’s docket. It is the moving party’s responsibility to timely correct any deficiency and verify that the matter is properly placed on the Court’s docket. It is the responsibility of the moving party to view the Court’s website prior to filing the corrected notice of hearing to obtain an available hearing date.The failure to properly notice for hearing matters for which the Court supplies hearing dates may result in the entry of an order denying the motion or overruling the objection.

HEARING CANCELLATIONS
Only counsel for the moving party (the filing attorney or another member of the filing attorney’s firm) may remove a hearing from the docket. Hearing cancellations are docketed by the moving party through the ECF Central Hearing Cancellation Module, an application contained within CM/ECF. Please see the Hearing Cancellations: Norfolk and Newport News Divisions page.

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.

TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
Judge Santoro may require a motion, dependent upon the circumstances; inquiries should be directed to Judge Santoro’s Courtroom Deputy in this regard.Telephonic appearances should be requested only for good cause. Mere inconvenience does not constitute good cause.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. Counsel appearing telephonically must be admitted to practice before the Court pursuant to Local Bankruptcy Rule 2090-1.Parties appearing telephonically must provide a telephone number (preferably a landline), as well as an alternate telephone number if possible, at which they can be reached by Court staff at the hearing time and must remain available until the hearing is called on the docket. If other matters on the docket precede the matter in which a telephonic appearance will occur, the party appearing telephonically may not be contacted until the Court has completed the preceding docket items and is ready to commence the hearing.Parties should identify themselves and limit any background noise when speaking. Parties should put their phones on mute otherwise during the proceedings.If the quality of the call/connection is not sufficient (e.g., static, ambient noise, etc.), the Court may direct that the call be disconnected. Parties should be aware that there may difficulty hearing the proceedings at times due to the nature of the Court’s telephone system.If multiple parties will be appearing telephonically, the Court may request that a party establish a single call-in number for the hearing and provide the requisite information to the Court and all parties appearing telephonically. All parties appearing telephonically should be present when the Court connects to the call.

EXCUSING PARTIES FROM HEARINGS
It is the Court’s expectation that debtors will be present for all hearings in their cases. If debtor’s counsel learns that a debtor will be unable to attend a hearing, debtor’s counsel must request that the Court excuse the debtor’s appearance in writing no later than 3:00 p.m. two (2) business days prior to the hearing.In extenuating circumstances, the Court may waive the requirement to make such request in writing.

STANDING ORDERS
PUBLIC NOTICES
Motion to Vacate Order Dismissing Case. Effective May 1, 2014, after the conclusion of a hearing on a Motion to Vacate Order Dismissing Case, the Court will enter its own order granting or denying the motion. The prevailing party at the hearing should no longersubmit an order for entry via BOPS for these motions.In Chapter 13 cases, the Chapter 13 Trustee may be directed to submit a supplemental order vacating the dismissal.

COURTROOM DEPUTY CONTACT INFORMATION
Hon. Frank J. Santoro

Courtroom Deputy: LaTanya Gibbs (757) 222-7513
Backup Courtroom Deputy: Jennifer Hinkle (757) 222-7515

Hon. Stephen C. St. John, Chief Judge

Courtroom Deputy: Diana Morehead (757) 222-7573
Backup Courtroom Deputy: Jennifer Hinkle (757) 222-7515


For Judge Santoro’s hearing dates for Norfolk cases, please see Judge Santoro’s Norfolk page.


MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM STAY/CO-DEBTOR STAY HEARING DATES

Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided.

 Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.


CHAPTER 13 MODIFIED PLAN HEARING DATES

Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided. If you need to schedule a confirmation hearing date beyond the date(s) listed, please contact the Courtroom Deputy.

  Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.


CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEES’ MOTION TO DISMISS HEARING DATES

Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided, setting no more than 30 cases per date.

  Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.


CHAPTER 7 AND CHAPTER 13 TRUSTEES’ MOTION AND OBJECTION HEARING DATES

Select from the date(s) and time(s) provided for matters other than Chapter 13 Trustee Motions to Dismiss. Dates do not apply to adversary proceedings.


Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
Friday, February 9, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.


The Court will assign hearing dates for all other matters requiring a hearing.

Last updated: November 29, 2017 at 10:08 am
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