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Honorable Robert N. Kwan

To mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all hearings before Judge Kwan will be telephonic until further notice.  

The courtroom will be locked; parties must appear by telephone and will not be permitted to appear in the courtroom.  There is no need to contact the court for permission.  Simply contact CourtCall at (866) 582-6878.

Through March 31,  2021, CourtCall is offering discounted rates to attorneys and FREE access for parties who do not have an attorney (pro se parties).

If you have an evidentiary hearing or trial scheduled, the court will contact you to discuss arrangements.

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1682 / Courtroom 1675
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-2775

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-3385

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-7189

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-2578
(213) 894-2775


Telephonic Instructions

Telephone Appearance Procedures
Judge Robert N. Kwan



Telephone appearances are permitted in all matters before Judge Kwan in Courtroom 1675 with the exception of trials and evidentiary hearings (for which all attorneys and all witnesses must appear in person), Chapter 11 confirmation hearings (for which all attorneys and parties for the plan proponent(s) and any objecting parties must appear in person), and such other matters as designated by the Court as requiring a personal appearance.

No telephone appearance will be allowed unless it is made through CourtCall, an independent conference call company, pursuant to the procedures set forth below in Section Two, or otherwise permitted by the Court.

Before the hearing, you should check Judge Kwan’s available hearings dates posted on the court’s website, and review any tentative ruling for the matter on calendar. 

If an attorney or a party who schedules a telephonic appearance 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 telephone appearances in multiple courts does not excuse a failure to appear.

Attorneys and parties 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.


Telephone appearances may be arranged by calling CourtCall at (866) 582-6878.  You may arrange for a telephone appearance up until the starting time of the scheduled hearing.


Any attorney or party making a telephone appearance must make arrangements with CourtCall for the appearance, including for payment of any charges for CourtCall’s services.  CourtCall will provide the attorney or the party with written confirmation of a telephone appearance, and give the attorney or party a telephone number to call to make the telephone appearance.  It is the responsibility of the attorney or party making a telephone appearance to call CourtCall not later than 10 minutes before the scheduled hearing.  CourtCall does NOT place a call to the attorney or party.  If you do not timely call and connect with the CourtCall operator, you may be billed for the call and the hearing may proceed in your absence.

Telephone appearances are connected directly with the Court’s public address system and electronic recording equipment so that a normal audio record is produced.  To ensure the quality of the audio record:

  • NO speaker phones;
  • NO cellular phones;
  • NO car phones;
  • NO public telephone booths, or phones in other public places;

Exceptions only in the most extreme emergencies.  

At the time of your hearing, 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. After your call is connected to the courtroom, the Judge will call the case, request appearances, and direct the manner in which the hearing is to proceed.  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 hearing participants that the hearing is completed, you may disconnect from the call, and the next case will be called.

Telephone 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 of the Court determines that a person’s conduct makes telephone 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 an attorney or party appearing by telephone. 

Revised 3/2012

Printable version of Judge Kwan's Telephonic Appearance Procedures

About the Judge



  • Yale College, B.A., 1975
  • Hastings College of the Law, University of California, J.D., 1979
  • Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M (Taxation), 1985

 Career Record:

  • 1989-2007: Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Chief, Tax Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Central District of California
  • 1987-1989: Associate, Law Offices of Wellington Y. Kwan
  • 1983-1987: Trial Attorney, Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • 1979-1983, Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1979, and District of Columbia Bar, 1981

Professional Memberships:

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Financial Lawyers Conference
  • Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Orange County Bankruptcy Forum
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
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