Local Rule 9014. MOTION PRACTICE AND CONTESTED MATTERS – BRIEFS AND MEMORANDA OF LAW

(a) Hearings and Court calendars.

(1) All motions which are required to be set for hearing, whether by statute, rule, or court order, shall be set so that at least twenty-eight (28) days’ notice of the hearing of the motion is given.

(2) A party may request a hearing on less than twenty-eight (28) days' notice in accordance with LR 9006.

(3) A party who is entitled to have a hearing held within a time frame specified by statute or rule, and sets that hearing after the period has expired or fails to seek an order shortening time is deemed to have waived the benefits of the statute which require the hearing to be held within that period.

(4) Unless the court directs otherwise, all hearings (including motions in adversary proceedings, objections and other matters for which a hearing is necessary) must be set by counsel or persons acting pro se on the calendar of the judge to whom the case is assigned. The court may set any matter for hearing whether or not a hearing is required by statute or rule.

(5) Each judge will maintain a motion calendar and may adopt specific court procedures which will be posted on the court's website. The times and dates of each judge's calendar and respective procedures may be obtained from the clerk or from the website.

(6) The judge may deem the first date set for the hearing to be a status and scheduling hearing if the judge determines that further evidence must be taken to resolve a material factual dispute. Unless the court orders otherwise or for good cause, live testimony will not be presented at the first date set for hearing. The judge may order a further hearing at which oral evidence and exhibits will be received, or may, as appropriate, order that all evidence be presented by affidavit or declaration.

(b) Notice of hearing and service of motion and notice.

(1) The movant must obtain a hearing date, and the notice of hearing must be filed concurrently with the motion and must, in addition to the requirements of Fed. R. Bankr. P. 2002(c), include the following:

(A) The date, time, and place of the hearing;

(B) A brief description of the relief sought;

(C) A statement of the time for filing and serving objections or oppositions in accordance with LR 9014(d); and,

(D) This statement:

"If you object to the relief requested, you must file a WRITTEN response to this pleading with the court. You must also serve your written response on the person who sent you this notice.

If you do not file a written response with the court, or if you do not serve your written response on the person who sent you this notice, then:

  • The court may refuse to allow you to speak at the scheduled hearing; and,
  • The court may rule against you without formally calling the matter at the hearing."

(i) Individuals representing themselves are not exempt from this rule.

(ii) To ensure compliance with this rule, the court may deny any motion or request for an order that does not contain the above notice.

(E) If a hearing has been set by an order shortening time, service of the motion and the order shortening time will constitute notice of the hearing.

(F) The notice of hearing must be filed as a separate document from the associated motion or application.

(2) Service of the motion and notice of it must be made in accordance with these rules and the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.

(A) The proof of service must show the date and manner of service and the name of the person served. Proof of service may be by written acknowledgment of service or certificate of the person who made service. The court may decline to take action on any papers until proper proof of service is filed. An acknowledgment or certificate of service, if any, must be attached at the end of the paper presented for filing. The notice and accompanying proof of service must be filed not more than seven (7) days after the motion is filed.

(B) Failure to make the proof of service required by this rule does not affect the validity of the service. Unless material prejudice would result, the court may at any time allow the proof of service to be amended or supplied.

(c) Contents of motion; affidavits and declarations. See LR 7032 and LR 9017.

(1) The motion must state the facts on which it is based and must contain a legal memorandum. If factual issues are contested, the court will not grant the contested relief unless admissible evidence is offered in support of the relief requested.

(2) If affidavits or declarations are submitted, they must be filed separately, and they must reference the underlying motion or paper. Affidavits and declarations failing to comply substantially with all of the requirements of subsection (c) of this rule may be stricken in whole or in part on the request of an opposing party or on the court's initiative. Affidavits and declarations must be made under penalty of perjury and must:

(A) Identify the affiant, the party on whose behalf the affidavit is submitted, and the motion to which is pertains;

(B) Contain only nonhearsay factual evidentiary matter or expert opinion, conform as far as possible to the requirements of Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e), and avoid mere general conclusions or arguments.

(C) Identify and authenticate documents and exhibits offered in support of the motion or opposition, unless the documents are already authenticated in the record or have been previously admitted into evidence by the court and are specifically referred to and identified in the motion or opposition; and,

(D) If an appraisal, include a statement of the qualifications of the appraiser, and either be made under penalty of perjury or be included by reference into an affidavit or declaration of the appraiser.

(d) Opposition, response, and reply.

(1) (1) Except as set out in subsection (3) below, any opposition to a motion must be filed, and service of the opposition must be completed on the movant, no later than fourteen (14) days preceding the hearing date for the motion. The opposition must set forth all relevant facts and any relevant legal authority. An opposition must be supported by affidavits or declarations that conform to the provisions of subsection (c) of this rule.

(2) Except as set out in subsection (3) below, any reply memorandum must be filed and served no later than seven (7) days preceding the hearing date.

(3) Subsections (d)(1) and (2) do not apply to:

(A) Motions for summary judgment brought in any adversary proceeding;

(B) Motions for which an order shortening the time for the hearing date has been obtained; and,

(C) Motions or contested matters for which the court has set a separate briefing schedule either in open court or by separate order.

(4) For motions sought to be heard on shortened time, including when such motions are brought in an adversary proceeding, responses and replies will be due as set forth in the order granting the request that the motion be heard on shortened time or as provided in LR 9006.

(e) Limitation on length of briefs and points and authorities; requirement for table of authorities; courtesy copies.

(1) Unless the court orders otherwise, prehearing and posthearing briefs and points and authorities in support of, or in response to, motions are limited to twenty (20) pages including the motion but excluding exhibits. Reply briefs and points and authorities are limited to fifteen (15) pages, excluding exhibits. Where the court enters an order permitting a longer brief or points and authorities, the papers must include a table of contents and table of authorities.

(2) Unless the court orders otherwise, courtesy copies of all papers filed with the court for matters set for hearing must be delivered to the clerk's office no later than two (2) business days after filing; except for matters set on shortened time, which must be delivered to the court at least one (1) business day after filing.

(f) Stipulations.

(1) Stipulations of counsel relating to proceedings before the court must be in writing, signed by the parties to the stipulation, and served on all other parties who have appeared.

(2) Stipulations between the parties relating to proceedings before the court, except stipulations pursuant to Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7029, are not effective until approved by the court and entered on the court's docket. The party submitting the stipulation must submit a separate order approving the stipulation for consideration by the court, except that a proposed stipulation and order to substitute counsel under LR 2014(b) may be presented in one document.

(3) A dispositive stipulation will be treated as a motion unless the stipulation is approved in writing by all counsel who have appeared for the parties and any party appearing pro se.

(4) Whenever any written stipulation contains a provision for continuing a hearing or a provision for vacating a pending hearing, a separate notice of continuance of hearing or notice vacating hearing must be clearly set forth in the caption. Any notice of continuance of hearing must contain the previous hearing date and time and the new date and time. Any notice vacating hearing must contain the vacated date and time.

(g) Compliance with LR 9021. In chapter 7 and 13 cases, LR 9021(b)(1) is waived if a proposed order is served with the motion and the motion is granted.  The proposed order must be attached as an exhibit and may not be separately filed or submitted for the judge's signature prior to the hearing.  If the proposed order is not served the motion, or if the order has been modified by the court or otherwise, then LR 9021(b)(1) is applicable.