United States Bankruptcy Court
Jennifer Calfee, Courtroom Deputy
The Northern District will permit counsel to utilize a self-calendaring procedure for the scheduling of matters requiring 30 minutes or less of court time. This procedure will allow counsel to self-select available dates and times on the appropriate judge's calendar and serve notice without contacting the courtroom deputy for a hearing setting. The court strongly encourages the use of this self-calendaring procedure when appropriate. Courtroom deputies are available, by email or telephone to schedule non-self calendared hearings as needed.
Judge Lynn's self-calendaring procedure is as follows:
Types of proceedings that may be set in accordance with the self-calendar procedure:
The self-calendaring procedure will not be available for the following:
After selecting an available date and time, counsel shall serve proper notice of the matter in accordance with applicable rules.
NOTE: If a motion for relief from stay is set by a party in accordance with the self-calendaring procedure more than 30 days after the date the motion is filed, the court deems that the party has waived the 30-day limitation established by 11.U.S.C. Sec. 362(e) and will enter an order to that effect if requested by debtor.
NOTE: Occasionally there may be instances where self-calendared matters are rescheduled (possibly due to docket congestion or unforeseen schedule changes). In these instances, the courtroom deputy will contact counsel for the movant, as soon as possible, so that a notice of rescheduled hearing may be issued and served.
NOTE: All hearings should be noticed Room 128, U. S. Courthouse, 501 W. 10th Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102.
Preliminary hearings on Motions for Relief from Stay (all chapters) will be heard at 9:30 a.m. as follows:
Motions Filed Between
Preliminary Hearing Dates
March 14, 2015 – March 24, 2015
April 9, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
March 25, 2015 – April 1, 2015
April 23, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
April 2, 2015 – April 10, 2015
April 30, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
April 10, 2015 – April 13, 2015
May 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. (Wed.)
April 14, 2015 – April 19, 2015
May 14, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
April 20, 2015 – May 1, 2015
May 19, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. (Tues.)
May 2, 2015 – May 9, 2015
May 10, 2015 – May 17, 2015
June 3, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. (Wed.)
May 18, 2015 – May 25, 2015
June 11, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
May 26, 2015 – June 9, 2015
June 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.
Motions to Extend Stay/Impose Stay will be heard at 10:30 a.m. on the dates listed below unless otherwise scheduled by Court:
April 1, 2015
April 9, 2015
April 23, 2015
April 30, 2015
May 7, 2015
May 14, 2015
May 19, 2015
All matters relating to Chapter 13 main cases (except motions for relief from stay and motions to extend) should be noticed for pre-hearing conference with the Chapter 13 Trustee, Tim Truman and Alice Whitten.
NOTE: Tim Truman, all matters shall be noticed for a pre-hearing conference at 6851 N.E. Loop 820, 2nd Floor, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. Pam Bassel, all matters shall be noticed for a pre-hearing conference at 7001 Blvd 26, Suite 150, North Richland Hills, TX. 76180. Please obtain pre-hearing conference dates from the Chapter 13 Trustee's website at: www.13network.com
Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 general matters (such as motions to sell property, motions to dismiss case, objections to claims, fee applications, etc.) will be heard at 1:30 p.m. on the dates listed below, unless otherwise scheduled by Court.
March - held April 1, 2015
April 30, 2015
June 25, 2015
July 30, 2015
August 27, 2015
September 24, 2015
October 29, 2015
November 24, 2015 - Tuesday
December 22, 2015 - Tuesday
Guidelines Regarding Identification of Exhibits
Attorneys who will offer exhibits during trials and hearings should coordinate with each other so that each side utilizes a different identification system for its exhibits.
Movants and plaintiffs should use numbers to identify their exhibits. Respondents and defendants should use letters to identify their exhibits.
If there are more than two parties involved in a dispute that will require exhibits, the parties should use some combination of party name and numbers or letters. For example, if Shane and Bank of London are both plaintiffs they could use Shane-1, Shane-2, Shane-3, etc. and BOL-1, BOL-2, BOL-3, etc., respectively.
Prohibition of Gifts to Judge Lynn and Staff
In order to protect against any suggestion of impropriety or favoritism, Judge Lynn will not accept any gift or any item more costly than a simple greeting card from any professional who appears in his court or any employee of the federal government. Professionals who appear in Judge Lynn's court also may not give gifts to Judge Lynn's chambers or chambers' staff. All affected persons should therefore refrain from making any gift contrary to this policy.
No Food or Drink in Courtroom
No food or drink (including bottled water) is permitted in the courtroom (except for court personnel). Counsel, parties and witnesses are welcome to use the water pitcher and cups provided by the court.
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