|Case Manager||Mario Riosemail@example.com||
|Courtroom Deputy||Tracey Conradfirstname.lastname@example.org||(713) 250-5772|
|Hearing Locations and Courtrooms|
|Houston:||515 Rusk, Houston, TX 77002 (Courtroom 403)|
|Galveston:||601 Rosenberg, Galveston, TX 77550 (7th Floor Courtroom)|
|Laredo:||1300 Victoria St, Laredo, TX 78040 (2nd Floor Courtroom)|
|TRIAL AND HEARING PROCEDURES EFFECTIVE MAY 1, 2023|
All NON-EVIDENTIARY, UNCONTESTED OR UNOPPOSED EVIDENTIARY hearings will be held on a HYBRID BASIS. Parties may appear either remotely or in person unless the Court orders otherwise. Remote appearances shall be made both by video and telephone.
All EVIDENTIARY, CONTESTED OR OPPOSED trials or hearings will be held IN PERSON unless a hybrid trial or hearing is consented to by all parties. Parties shall at least two business day prior to any scheduled evidentiary hearing file a stipulation with an order seeking a hybrid trial or hearing. The Court will then, if approved, enter the order for a hybrid trial or hearing. Hybrid trials or hearings are NOT available if the Court has previously ordered in person appearance.
Remote participants must appear by video. Non-video, telephone only, appearances are not permitted. A separate telephone connection is required for audio. Parties who only wish to monitor hearings should not appear by video. Remote participants should appear from locations that are fixed, well lighted, with no background noise. The Court does not allow testimony from automobiles or non-fixed locations. All testifying witnesses must appear by video separate from counsel. Witnesses shall be segregated during testimony and may not reference written materials unless presented to them during hearing or trial electronically.
Electronic presentation of exhibits is required for all trials and hearings, paper exhibits are not permitted. Exhibits that are to be entered into evidence must be filed on CM/ECF with an exhibit list prior to the hearing. Exhibits must be referenced at trial by ECF filing number. Exhibits should be filed as attachments to the Exhibit List. By example if an Exhibit List is filed at ECF No. 100, then exhibits shall be filed at ECF No. 100-1, 100-2, 100-3 etc. Exhibits not filed electronically at least 24 hours to hearing may not be presented at trial.
|Video and Audio|
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Telephone [YOU MUST CONNECT BY TELEPHONE TO HEAR AUDIO]:
|FOR AVAILABLE HEARING DATES FOR THE HOUSTON AND GALVESTON DIVISIONAL OFFICE, CLICK ON COMBINED HEARING DATES LINK BELOW.|
|The Court Requires Most Applications, Motions and Objections to be Self-Calendared.|
|Notice to Pro Se Litigants|
HEARING PROCEDURE FOR CHAPTER 13 PANELS
Chapter 13 Panels will proceed with a time change as indicated on the Court’s website. Time changes for all cases will be finalized on the Court’s website by noon, the day preceding the scheduled hearing. Hearing times will be set every 15 minutes, called by attorney last name, panel dates will remain unchanged.
Hearing times are available below.
Counsel for the debtor or any objecting creditor may appear in person or are encouraged to participate electronically by video and audio. Debtor(s) are also encourage to appear by audio and video but may appear in person.
Exhibit Requirements for All Remote Participants
In addition to the requirements of Bankruptcy Local Rule 9013-1, exhibits must be filed on CM/ECF in advance of the hearing. Each exhibit must be filed as a separate attachment to the Exhibit List. The Court will review the exhibits from CM/ECF. Exhibits must be offered into evidence by reference to the CM/ECF docket number of the filed exhibit.
|Bankruptcy Local & Federal Rules|
|Chapter 13 Trustee Information|
|William E. Heitkamp | Houston \ Galveston|
|Yvonne V. Valdez | Laredo|
|Department of Justice-Department of Education Guidance for Student Loan Discharge Litigation|