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Honorable Richard M. Neiter

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United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1652 / Courtroom 1645
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-4080

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-5860

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-1267

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-4080
(213) 894-5860


Telephonic Instructions


Telephonic  appearances  may be made in  all matters  before  Judge  Neiter  in  Courtroom  #1645, except the following (unless excused by the Court):

No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through Court Call, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.

  1. Trials, Contested Matters, and evidentiary hearings (Counsel for all parties should appear in person.   Witnesses should also appear in person where requested or if they are to be cross-examined).
  2. Chapter 11 Status Conferences (debtor, debtor’s counsel, and counsel for creditors’ committee, if any, should appear in person).  Other parties in interest may appear telephonically.
  3. Adversary Proceeding Status Conferences (if an answer has been filed) and Pretrial Conferences.
  4. Chapter  11,  12  &  13  plan confirmation  hearings  (debt or,  debtor’s  counsel,  and counsel for creditors’ committee, if any, and objecting parties should appear in person).
  5. Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement Hearings (debtor, debtor’s counsel,  and counsel for creditors' committee, if any, and objecting parties should appear in person).
  6. Any matter designated by the Court as requiring a personal appearance.  

No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through Court Call, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.

Before requesting a telephonic appearance, please check Judge Neiter’s calendar to review any tentative ruling concerning the matter on calendar particularly on motions for relief from the automatic stay. Tentative rulings are normally issued no later than 3:00 p.m. on the day preceding the scheduled hearing. Absent opposition, either before or at the hearing, no appearance is required.

If written opposition has been filed, the Court may nevertheless issue a “Tentative Ruling.” A final ruling is likely to be made at the hearing.   Individuals may appear in person or telephonically.    All  parties  are  encouraged  to  review  and  be  familiar  with  the Court's Tentative Ruling.
If an individual schedules a telephonic appearance and fails to respond when the matter is called 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 placed on the calendar is called.
Judge Neiter will not entertain any request for telephonic  appearance after the deadline prescribed in  Section II below except for cause.  Late scheduling of a telephonic appearance is not justified by the fact that Tentative Rulings have not yet been posted on the court’s website.
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.
Any request for a telephonic appearance must be court-approved by contacting Judge Neiter’s Courtroom Deputy, Phyllis Jones, at (213) 894-5860 twenty-four (24) hours prior to the court hearing date. You must contact Court Call at (866) 582-6878 to arrange a telephonic appearance after obtaining approval from the Court. The facsimile telephone number at Court Call is (866) 533-2946.
Judge Neiter’s Courtroom Deputy will provide counsel with a confirmation code that Court Call will require for a telephonic appearance. Court Call will then give counsel a number to call to make the telephonic appearance. It is counsel’s responsibility to dial into the call not later than 10 minutes prior to the scheduled hearing. Court Call does not place a call to counsel. Please contact Court Call for fees relating to telephonic appearances.
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.
At the time of your hearing, you may be placed in a listening mode initially and will be able to hear the case before yours just as if you were in the courtroom.   After your call is connected to the courtroom, 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 upon 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.
Judge Neiter does not participate in the video conference feature of Court Call at this time.
Revised October 10, 2012

Printable version of Judge Neiter's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

About the Judge



  • University of California at Los Angeles, B.S., 1959 (with honors)
  • University of Southern California Law Center, (J.D., 1962); Board of Editors of Law Review (1960-62)
  • Pepperdine University School of Law, general and advanced courses in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution

 Career Record:

  • 1962-2006, Member of Stutman, Treister & Glatt Professional Corporation
  • 1995-2006, Mediator, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California


  • Numerous

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  • University of San Fernando Valley Law School
  • Lecturer/Presenter at numerous conferences, meetings and professional organizations

 Professional and Community Memberships:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association (Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section)
  • American Bar Association (Business Law Section)
  • The State Bar of California - Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee (Former Chairman Liaison: 1974-75, 1977-78; Liaison: 1979-80); Executive Committee, Business  Law Section, 1979-81
  • Board of Trustees, USC Law Center Alumni Association, 1986-87
  • Fellows of Contemporary Art Board of Trustees
  • Temple Judea (former President, member of Board of Trustees, etc.)
  • National Conference of Soviet Jewry
  • Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation Counsel of San Fernando Valley and of the City of Los Angeles
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