December 1, 2020

Temporary Emergency Provisions Regarding ZoomGov Remote Proceeding Access Information


NOTICE – Recording/Broadcasting Prohibitions

Consistent with the general prohibition on bringing recording equipment into our federal courthouses, the general prohibition on televising, recording or photographing any proceedings (see LBR 5073-1), and as more fully detailed in Standing Order 20-15, the following limitations apply for remote access to bankruptcy court proceedings in the Bankruptcy Court during the COVID-19 judicial emergency:

The broadcasting, televising, recording, or photographing of bankruptcy court proceedings is strictly prohibited except as specifically authorized by the Court regardless of whether such proceedings are conducted in the courtroom or remotely.

AUTHORIZED PARTICIPANTS – Zoomgov Remote Videoconference Access Information

Remote on-line access for authorized participants will be facilitated via Zoomgov. While a personal Zoom account is not required, participants are welcome to establish one if they so desire to assist with training and familiarity with how the process works. For some proceedings, listen-only teleconference lines will be available for non-participating attendees.


Hearings: Appearing by Zoom for Government (Judge Huennekens 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 Huennekens 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 Huennekens 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 Huennekens’ chambers: EDVABK-ZOOM-Judge_Huennekens@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 appropriate bankruptcy 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.


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

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

Beginning on October 28, 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

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


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

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

Beginning on October 20, 2020, and continuing until further notice, unless otherwise ordered, all proceedings before Judge Kindred will be conducted by video conference via Zoom for Government in accordance with the Standing Order dated March 16, 2020, and currently extended through November 30, 2020, by entry of the Standing Order dated September 25, 2020.  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 Kindred 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 Kindred’s chambers:  EDVABK-ZOOM-Judge_Kindred@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 appropriate bankruptcy 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.

 

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