NOTICE - COVID 19 – REDUCING EXPOSURE TO CORONAVIRUS: See sixth extension of General Order 20-3 on the Bankruptcy Court website. http://azb.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/GO_20-3_Sixth_Extension_COVID19_Order.pdf
Presides in Phoenix Courtroom 603
**Chambers staff will not give legal advice or provide status reports concerning items before the Court.**
GENERAL CHAMBERS POLICY INFORMATION
A. Forms. Forms can be found at https://azb.uscourts.gov/forms
B. Document Formatting. Information regarding document formatting can be found in the ECF Procedural Manual and Guides at https://www.azb.uscourts.gov/ecf-procedural-manuals-and-guides.
C. Amended Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements
1. Counsel must upload both clean and red-lined copies of Amended and/or revised Chapter 11 Plans and Disclosure Statements.
Motions for continuation of the automatic stay pursuant to § 362(c)(3) and motions for the automatic stay to take effect pursuant to § 362(c)(4) should be filed at the time of filing the petition to ensure adequate time for a hearing.
1. It is the responsibility of the person appearing telephonically to initiate the call at the time of the scheduled hearing. The conference line is (877) 873-8018 and the Access Code is 7217155. Any person appearing telephonically assumes the risk that they cannot be adequately heard and understood by the Court.
2. Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom’s public address system. No one answers the phone and there is no hold music. To ensure a quality record, all calls should be from a land line (if possible). Use of a speaker phone is strongly discouraged as it may cause problems with the connection. Please keep your phone on mute until your case is called.
1. Guidelines for matters set for videoconference hearings are found at azb.uscourts.gov/sites/default/files/videoconferenceguidelines.pdf.
A. Stipulated Continuances. If agreed to by all parties, continuances may be obtained by emailing Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov. The party requesting the continuance shall promptly lodge an order granting the continuance.
B. Non-Stipulated Continuances. If all 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.
C. Resolved Matters. When a matter has been resolved parties must notify the Court promptly by emailing Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov.
A. ELECTRONIC EXHIBITS ARE MANDATORY. See LR-7016-1, https://www.azb.uscourts.gov/rule-7016-1.
B. The Courtroom Deputy will not mark electronic exhibits with traditional exhibit tags. Instead, counsel and/or parties are to work together to properly mark the exhibits and provide an electronic list of all exhibits to the Courtroom Deputy. Please contact Courtroom Deputy, Renee Bryant if you have any questions about the format.
C. Counsel and/or parties are to contact the Courtroom Deputy at 602-682-4982 or Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov at least one (1) week prior to trial to schedule electronic exhibit testing.
D. In an appeal, electronic exhibits in the custody of the Clerk and maintained as the official court record will be the exhibits presented to the appellate court unless otherwise ordered. The Clerk of Court shall maintain control of the electronic exhibits until the matter is finally concluded or the time for appeal has run, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. The exhibits shall be stored in the same electronic format as provided to the Court.
1. Select a hearing date and time from the appropriate section using the CHS Hearing Dates Look-up.
2. Serve the notice of hearing to the appropriate parties and file the notice and certificate of service via ECF.
3. Email a copy of the notice of hearing to Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov. Failure to timely do so will result in your matter being left off calendar.
1. To obtain a hearing date on matters other than Chapter 13 status hearings or preliminary stay relief hearings, contact Courtroom Deputy Renee Bryant by email at Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov. A notice of hearing must identify the motion/application and docket number. Once counsel has noticed out the hearing, a copy of the ECF filing receipt must be provided to the Courtroom Deputy for her review so she can make sure the date and time is correct. Please email the notice and filing receipt to Courtroom Deputy, Renee Bryant at Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov.
2. Note: These same procedures should be used for FLG and PCT cases (office code 3). The difference is the hearing location. You cannot use CHS for these office codes.
1. Judge Collins presides over the Flagstaff calendars. You may contact the Courtroom Deputy Renee Bryant at Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov for specific information on requesting/setting hearings or appearing by video or telephone.
2. The Flagstaff Court’s toll-free number is (877) 873-8018. Access code 7217155.
3. 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.
4. Parties may use the hearing dates provided below to set their Flagstaff case matter for hearing may contact Courtroom Deputy Renee Bryant to obtain a Flagstaff hearing date.
5. Reaffirmation Agreements begin at 9:30 a.m.
6. Chapter 13 hearings begin at 10:00 a.m.
7. Miscellaneous matters, including U.S. Trustee's Motions, begin at 10:30 a.m.
8. Flagstaff Court Location: AWD Building, 123 N. San Francisco, Courtroom 1, Flagstaff, Az.
1. A party requesting an accelerated hearing pursuant to Local Rule 9013-1(h) must email a copy of the docketed motion along with the motion to expedite hearing to the Judge’s Courtroom Deputy, Renee Bryant, at Renee_Bryant@azb.uscourts.gov with a copy to the Law Clerk, Hannah-Kaye Fleming, at HannahKaye_Fleming@azb.uscourts.gov.
2. If after reviewing the motion the Court is inclined to grant it, the Courtroom Deputy will inform the movant of the expedited hearing date and time. The movant must then lodge a form order granting the expedited hearing. The order setting the expedited hearing and notice of hearing are to include specific dates by which responsive pleadings are to be filed and are to be served by the movant upon all interested parties.
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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.