September 18, 2020

Richmond Division

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Bankruptcy EDVA Temporary Emergency Procedures—Standing Orders and Richmond Division General Orders

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
701 East Broad Street, Suite 4000
Richmond, VA 23219

NOTICE: To reduce possible exposure to COVID-19, unless otherwise ordered by the Court, all hearings must be conducted remotely by teleconference using CourtSolutions. Instructions for telephonic appearances in Richmond are available here.

NOTE:  Photo identification is required to gain admission to the Spottswood W. Robinson, III and Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Federal Courthouse, in Richmond.  Items prohibited from the courthouse include weapons (firearms of any type, as well as knives), cameras, tape recorders, pagers, cell phones and other personal communication devices.

Mailing Address
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
701 East Broad Street, Suite 4000
Richmond, VA  23219-1888

Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET, except on holidays.

Clerk’s Office Main Line – 804-916-2400
Voice Case Information System (VCIS) – 866-222-8029

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the Richmond Division of the U. S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Virginia, follows the operating status of the Richmond Division of the U. S. District Court.  The status of the U. S. District Court is announced on local radio and television stations.

  • Information about the operating status of the Richmond divisional office may be obtained by calling (804) 916-2400.

Important Security Information

Visitors enter the courthouse through the building’s main entrance on Broad Street. You will be required to walk through a magnetometer and your bags will be screened by an x-ray machine. You will be required to show a photo ID issued by a government agency, such as a driver’s license. Members of the public are prohibited from bringing cell phones, pagers, PDAs, laptop computers, cameras, tape recorders, and all other personal electronic devices into the courthouse. There are no lockers available to store these items while you visit the building.

Attorneys who require laptops for their courtroom presentations must receive prior approval from a judge.


NOTICE: The following email addresses 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 Huennekens’ chambers:

For Judge Phillips’ chambers:

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

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