United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
21041 Burbank Boulevard, Suite 324 / Courtroom 302
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Courtroom Deputy:(818) 587-2832
Court Recorder:(818) 587-2820
Emergency Motion Contacts(818) 587-2806(818) 587-2809
Motion to Avoid Junior Lien on Real Property (Chapter 13) [MSWord Version]
Order on Motion to Avoid Junior Lien on Real Property (Chapter 13) [MSWord Version]
Revised Interim Procedures Re: Covid-19 [Revised July 24, 2020]Judicial Variance Statement [Revised July 24, 2020]Policy Regarding the Use of Electronic Devices in the CourtroomsProcedures for Auction Sales LAM Motion Practice [Revised July 24, 2020]Notice & Procedures for Appearing at Remote Hearing [New July 24, 2020]
Confirmation Hearings Calendar
Chapter 13 hearings - The following procedures will be in effect immediately in the Northern and San Fernando Valley Divisions to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All parties and attorneys must appear telephonically for the Chapter 13 confirmation calendar by using the instructions on the judge’s court webpage. The trustee and her counsel will not be in the courtroom with the judge. No in-person check-in will be required because it is expected that parties will communicate by email before the hearing. All efforts will be made to reduce the need for any appearance telephonically, but counsel and clients will need to provide the usual requirements electronically well in advance of the hearing date to make this happen. Before the hearing, the debtor must email the trustee proof of any plan payments that are due by the time of the hearing, file all mortgage declarations and provide required documents to the trustee. All these items should be sent when due but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled hearing. If the case is ready for confirmation and all objections resolved, the trustee may inform the judge that the plan is confirmed on consent. Any plans not being confirmed may be continued without appearance if the trustee consents and creditors who have filed objections inform the trustee of their consent. Any party may choose to keep a matter on calendar if there is no agreement for the trustee to represent the status of the case. The trustee may also keep any matter on calendar and seek a dismissal rather than a continuance if the debtor has not provided required payments or documents, but counsel may also argue the matter telephonically. The miscellaneous calendar will also be telephonic for all parties. It is expected that an exclusively telephonic calendar will be temporary due to extraordinary circumstances and these policies will be revisited once the need for greater social distancing has passed.
PROCEDURES REGARDING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
POLICY GOVERNING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
CourtCall does not place a call to counsel. 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 cellular phones, public telephone booths, or phones in outdoor or other public places where there is significant ambient noise is strongly discouraged, except in emergencies. Participants should be able to hear all parties without difficulty or echo. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PARTICIPATE VIA SPEAKERPHONE, AS THE SOUND QUALITY IS UNACCEPTABLE. YOU MUST USE A HANDSET FOR A HEADSET TO PARTICIPATE REMOTELY.
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.
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. Before appearing, check Judge Tighe’s calendar and review any tentative ruling on the Court’s website.
Hearings generally will not be rescheduled due to missed connections. In deciding to appear telephonically, counsel is agreeing to waive any prejudice attributable to quality deficiencies or irregularities of the record that may result. If your audio connection produces extraneous noise or static, your line will be muted and, if necessary disconnected. Any fee that you paid to CourtCall for the appearance will not be refunded. Repeated poor connections may cause counsel to be prohibited from future telephonic appearances.
Effective March 30, 2020
Printable version of Judge Tighe's Telephonic Apperance Procedures
Printable version of Notice & Procedures for Appearing at Remote Hearing New July 24, 2020
Judge Tighe is participating in the Loan Modification Pilot Program, to learn more click here.