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Notice Re Judge Peter H. Carroll's Procedures for Disposition without Oral Argument and Tentative RulingsWhat You Need to Know When Your Case or Adversary Proceeding is Assigned to Judge Peter H. Carroll
NOTICE RE JUDGE PETER H. CARROLL’S PROCEDURES
FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
I. POLICY GOVERNING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES.
Telephonic appearances are allowed in all matters before Judge Carroll, except the following:
No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through Tele-Court, Inc., an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.
Before requesting a telephonic appearance, you must check Judge Carroll’s calendar on the court’s website to review any disposition without oral argument or tentative ruling concerning the matter on calendar. Dispositions without oral argument and tentative rulings normally are issued not later than 3:00 p.m. on the day preceding the scheduled hearing. To view the calendar, click on “Tentative Rulings” on the Court’s website, www.cacb.uscourts.gov.
Dispositions Without Oral Argument. If the matter has been adequately noticed and no written opposition has been timely filed, the court may decide the matter without oral argument by issuing a “Final Ruling.” NO APPEARANCE IS NECESSARY. The matter will not be heard by the court.
Tentative Rulings. If written opposition has been timely filed, the court may issue a “Tentative Ruling.” APPEARANCES ARE REQUIRED, notwithstanding the issuance of a Tentative Ruling. Each individual who appears telephonically must have reviewed and must be familiar with the Tentative Ruling.
If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and then fails to respond to the call of a matter on calendar, the court may pass the matter or may treat the failure to respond as a failure to appear. Scheduling simultaneous telephonic appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear when a matter is placed on calendar. Individuals making use of the conference call service are cautioned that they do so at their own risk. Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections.
II. PROCEDURES FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE.
Telephone appearances may be arranged, not later than 8:30 a.m. the day of the hearing, by calling Tele-Court, Inc. at (800) 924-5680 or going to www.tele-court.com.
Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom’s public address system and electronic recording equipment so that a normal record is produced. To ensure the quality of the record, the use of car phones, cellular phones, speaker phones, public telephone booths, or phones in other public places is prohibited except in the most extreme emergencies. Participants should be able to hear all parties without difficulty or echo.
You must be on the line, ready to proceed with your hearing, before the judge takes the bench and calls the calendar. You may initially be in the listening mode in which case you will be able to hear the case before yours just as if you were in the courtroom. You must place your phone on “mute” until your matter is called to ensure the quality of the record and to avoid interfering with other hearings in progress.
At the time of your hearing, the judge will call the case, request appearances, and direct the manner in which the hearing proceeds. Each time you speak, you should identify yourself for the record. The court’s teleconferencing system allows more than one speaker to be heard, so the judge can interrupt a speaker to ask a question or redirect the discussion. When the judge informs the participants that the hearing is completed, you may disconnect and the next case will be called.
Telephonic appearances by multiple participants are only possible when there is compliance with every procedural requirement. Sanctions may be imposed when there is any deviation from the required procedures or the court determines that a person’s conduct makes telephonic appearances inappropriate. Sanctions may include dropping a matter from calendar, continuing the hearing, proceeding in the absence of an unavailable participant, a monetary sanction, and/or a permanent prohibition against a person appearing telephonically.
Effective November 1, 2010
Printable version of Judge Carroll's Telephonic Appearance Procedures
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