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Judge Daniel P. Collins

NOTICE - COVID 19 – REDUCING EXPOSURE TO CORONAVIRUS:

In accordance with General Order 20-3, signed March 18, 2020, ALL NON-EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS BEFORE JUDGE COLLINS, THROUGH APRIL 30TH, WILL BE CONDUCTED TELEPHONICALLY. to make your appearance call 877-873-8018, ACCESS CODE 7217155, several minutes before the hearing.

Please note that General Order 20-3 VACATES all trials and evidentiary hearings scheduled through April 30, 2020, unless otherwise ordered. ALL SUCH MATTERS WILL BE CONTINUED TO LATER DATES.

 

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Presides in Phoenix Courtroom 603


Denine Downs                                      Paralegal                                              (602) 682-4224 Denine_Downs@azb.uscourts.gov
David Barlow                        
 Law Clerk
(602) 682-4226
Jennifer Lowry                             Courtroom Deputy                                  (602) 682-4168 Jennifer_Lowry@azb.uscourts.gov
Renee Bryant                       
 ECR Operator
(602) 682-4982
 

2. Communications with the Court
    2.1 Obtaining Hearing Dates
    2.2 Continuances and Resolution of Matters Set for Hearing
    2.3 Telephonic Appearances 

2.1.3  FLAGSTAFF

3. APPLICATION FOR FEES AND COSTS 

4.  Law Clerks

 

JUDGE DANIEL P. COLLINS

Presides in Phoenix Courtroom 603

 

1. COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL RULES, BANKRUPTCY RULES AND BANKRUPTCY CODE

All parties are expected to comply with the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Rules and Local Rules. 

2. COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE COURT

2.1 Obtaining Hearing Dates

Upon the filing of a motion/application, to obtain a hearing date, a party may contact Courtroom Deputy Jennifer Lowry at:  jennifer_lowry@azb.uscourts.gov.  A request for hearing must be accompanied with a copy of the "ECF Filing Receipt."  When a party notices the hearing, a copy of the hearing notice or filing receipt must be provided to the Courtroom Deputy for review to insure the date and time is correct. All hearings are to be noticed 7 days prior to the hearing date, or the case/matter will not be heard by the Court.  

     Parties may use the hearing dates provided below to set  Ch. 13 hearings and Preliminary hearings on Motions for Relief from Automatic Stay:

 

2.1.1 CHAPTER 13 HEARINGS

2.1.2 PRELIMINARY HEARINGS ON MOTION FOR RELIEF 10:00 A.M.

Scheduled Hearing Dates

TRUSTEE RUSSELL BROWN HEARINGS 1:30 P.M.

TRUSTEE ED MANEY  2:30 P.M.

Scheduled Hearing Dates

 

 

03/30/2020   MLS [10:00 am]
04/13/2020   MLS [10:00 am], CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]
05/04/2020   MLS [10:00 am]
05/18/2020   CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]
06/15/2020   CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]

 

03/30/2020   MLS [10:00 am]
04/13/2020   MLS [10:00 am], CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]
05/04/2020   MLS [10:00 am]
05/18/2020   CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]
06/15/2020   CH 13 BROWN [01:30 pm], CH 13 MANEY [02:30 pm]

2.1.3  FLAGSTAFF HEARINGS

Judge Collins presides over the Flagstaff calendars. You may contact the Courtroom Deputy Jennifer Lowry at jennifer_lowry@azb.uscourts.gov or 602-682-4228 for specific information on requesting/setting hearings, or appearing by video or telephone. 

The Flagstaff Court’s toll free number is (877) 873-8018.  Access code 7217155.   Local counsel must appear in person in courtroom 301.

Any mail for Flagstaff matters must be sent to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Phoenix office at 230 N. First Ave, Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85003. 

Parties may use the hearing dates provided below to set their Flagstaff case matter for hearing: 

MARCH 20, 2020

APRIL 17, 2020

MAY 15, 2020

JUNE 19, 2020

Reaffirmation Agreements begin at 9:30 a.m.

Chapter 13 hearings begin at 10:00 a.m.

Miscellaneous matters, including U.S. Trustee's Motions, begin at 10:30 a.m.

Flagstaff Court Location: AWD Building, 123 N. San Francisco, Courtroom 1, Flagstaff, Az.

The Flagstaff Court’s toll free number is (877) 873-8018.  Access code 7217155.   Local counsel must appear in person in courtroom 301.

2.2 Continuances and Resolution of Matters Set for Hearing

When agreed to by opposing parties, continuances may generally be obtained by email at jennifer_lowry@azb.uscourts.gov or telephonic request to Courtroom Deputy Jennifer Lowry at (602) 682-4168.  When a continuance is obtained, the party requesting the continuance shall lodge, as soon as practicable, either an order granting the continuance or a stipulation signed by the parties.  The party requesting a continuance has the obligation of notifying opposing counsel or parties.  Failure to do so may result in sanctions in the appropriate circumstances.  If opposing parties have not agreed to a continuance, a Motion and Order to Continue must be filed.  The moving party must not assume the hearing has been vacated until the Court so orders. 

Parties must notify the Court promptly by email at jennifer_lowry@azb.uscourts.gov when a matter has been resolved so that the Court can discontinue preparation efforts and the hearing may be taken off the Court’s calendar. 

 

2.3 Telephonic Appearances

Judge Collins prefers all Court appearances be made in person.  Live testimony must be given in person. In the event a person (other than a testifying witness) will be able to appear telephonically.  These arrangements may be made  by contacting Courtroom Deputy, Jennifer Lowry, at (602) 682-4168 or by e-mail at jennifer_lowry@azb.uscourts.gov.  

When appearing telephonically, it is the responsibility of the person appearing telephonically to initiate the call at the time of scheduled hearing by calling the conference line at  (877) 873-8018, Access Code: 7217155.   A person appearing telephonically must call from a landline and must not use a speaker phone or a headset.  The person appearing telephonically assumes the risk that they cannot be adequately heard, and understood by the Court.

3.  APPLICATION FOR FEES AND COSTS

Fee Applications must comply with the United States Trustee’s Guidelines.

A Fee Application must contain one of the following: (1) a statement by counsel indicating the client has reviewed and approved the fee application, (2) a separate declaration by counsel indicating that counsel has spoken with their client and that the client has no opposition to the fee application, (3) a client signature indicating the client has reviewed and approved the fee application, or (4) an explanation by the applicant indicating why the client's approval cannot be obtained.

 4.  Law Clerks and Externs (This pertains to Judge Collins alone.)

Judge Collins selects law clerks to serve a one-year term with the possibility of extending it for no more than one additional year.  He also hopes to bring three second- or third-year law students per year (one per each of Fall, Spring, and Summer) into chambers to work as externs with his law clerk.  The law clerk interviews, selects and supervises these externs.  Both law clerks and externs are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and to read, and acknowledge their understanding of, the rules pertinent to court personnel.  If the law clerk or extern accepts a job while working with Judge Collins, that law clerk or extern must immediately notify Judge Collins, and may not thereafter work for Judge Collins on any matter involving the law firm or employer.  Judge Collins’ externs may not be employed by a law firm or legal department during an externship with him. 

Upon the conclusion of their service with the Court, a law clerk or extern shall not, (1) for a period of one year, appear before Judge Collins or allow that attorney’s name to appear on any pleading filed in connection with a case or adversary proceeding assigned to Judge Collins; or (2) ever work on any case or adversary proceeding which was pending before Judge Collins while they were working with Judge Collins. 

Nothing stated above is meant to disqualify a law clerk’s or extern’s future employer from appearing before Judge Collins.  The law clerk, extern and/or employer are expected, however, to make appropriate arrangements to screen Judge Collins’ former law clerk or extern from participation in such matters.