Posted: March 19, 2020

Court Hearing Participation

EFFECTIVE MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020
Court Hearing Participation

In order to reduce the possibility of exposure to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), in person appearances by parties and their attorneys in the courtrooms maintained by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Nevada are temporarily suspended. All hearings will be conducted by telephone conferencing. The information needed by parties and their attorneys in order to appear and participate in telephonic hearings before the Court is set forth in this notice.

Below is the information for each bankruptcy judge:

Bankruptcy Judge Phone Conference Number Access Code
Chief Judge Beesley (888) 684-8852 2981680#
Judge Nakagawa (888) 684-8852 9882536#
Judge Landis (888) 684-8852 8242009#
Judge Cox Pending  
Judge Zive (877) 873-8017 4994094#
Chief Judge Spraker (888) 808-6929 9559044#

To participate in the telephone hearing, dial the Toll-Free Call-in Number and enter the seven-digit Access Code followed by the “#” key. You may be placed on hold until the courtroom deputy activates the conference call, or you may hear others speaking. Another hearing may be in progress; do not announce your presence until the courtroom deputy takes roll call or your hearing is called.

If you have problems connecting or the courtroom deputy does not activate the call within 5 minutes after your scheduled hearing time, hang up and call the court at: 866-232-1266.

TELEPHONE HEARING REQUIREMENTS

  1. The Procedure
    1. The Court will not call you.
    2. Five minutes before your hearing time, you must call in on the applicable hearing line.
  2. Minimize Outside Noise and Distractions
    1. Telephone hearings are amplified throughout the courtroom so you may be asked to call again if your connection is weak, creates static or disruptive noise.
    2. Minimize background noise by not using a “speaker” option or headset. Do not use a keyboard or talk with others in the room.
    3. Mute your phone when you are not speaking. If you do not have a mute function on your phone, press *6 to mute and *6 again to unmute to speak. Do not put the court on hold. If available, set the phone to "Do Not Disturb" so it will not ring during the hearing
  3. What to Do When You Are on the Conference Line
    1. Do not announce your presence until the court calls your case.
    2. Stay on the line, even if there is only silence, until the judge starts the hearings, and then continue to listen quietly until your case is called.
  4. What to Do When your Case is Called
    1. Unless otherwise directed by the Court, when your case is called, the moving party will speak first. Identify yourself every time you speak.
    2. The Court will control who will speak and how the hearing will be held.
    3. When the court calls your case, it is helpful if the moving party speaks first to avoid multiple parties speaking at the same time.
  5. Don’t be Late to a Hearing
  6. If you are late, then the Court, at its discretion, may trail your hearing and/or deny or grant the applicable motion.

  7. Civility
    1. Be civil on the phone with the Court and other counsel.
    2. Do not interrupt others.
    3. Do not yell into the phone.

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