Jana McCrory, 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.
The self-calendaring procedure for Judge Morris is as follows:
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: Unless otherwise noted, all hearings should be noticed for Room 204, U.S. Courthouse, 501 W. Tenth Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Preliminary hearings on Motions for Relief from Stay (all chapters) will generally be heard on designated Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Motions to Extend/Impose Stay will be heard at 9:30 a.m. on the dates listed below unless otherwise scheduled by the Court.
Preliminary Lift Stay Hearing Dates
Motions Filed Between
Preliminary Hearing Date
July 13, 2021 – July 22, 2021
August 11, 2021
July 23, 2021 – July 28, 2021
August 18, 2021
July 29, 2021 – August 9, 2021
August 25, 2021
August 10, 2021 – August 23, 2021
September 8, 2021
August 24, 2021 – August 30, 2021
September 15, 2021
August 31, 2021 – September 6, 2021
September 22, 2021
September 7, 2021 – September 12, 2021
September 29, 2021
September 13, 2021 – September 22, 2021
October 13, 2021
September 23, 2021 – September 30, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 1, 2021 – October 11, 2021
October 27, 2021
NOTE: For Tim Truman, all matters shall be noticed for a pre-hearing conference at 6851 N.E. Loop 820, Suite 300, North Richland Hills, TX 76180. For 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:
5. General matters with a time estimate of 30 minutes or less (such as motions to sell property, motions to dismiss case, objections to claims, etc.) will be heard at 9:30 a.m. on the dates listed below, unless otherwise scheduled by Court.
August 23, 2021
September 27, 2021
October 25, 2021
November 22, 2021
December 20, 2021
January 24, 2022
February 28, 2022
March 28, 2022
April 25, 2022
May 23, 2022
June 27, 2022
July 25, 2022
August 22, 2022
September 26, 2022
October 24, 2022
November 28, 2022
December 19, 2022
Judge Morris' chambers are located at 501 W. Tenth Street, Room 206, Fort Worth, TX, 76102. His courtroom is located in Room 204 on the 2nd floor.
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Telephone inquiries to Judge Morris' chambers should be directed to the following:
Orders submitted for the court’s consideration should be uploaded in ECF and must be in compliance with the Proposed Order Specifications included in the ECF Manual. Orders requiring immediate attention should be uploaded in ECF and counsel should alert the courtroom deputy by email. It is not necessary to notify the courtroom deputy when submitting routine orders that are not time sensitive.
Disagreements over the form of orders should be submitted in writing by email directed to the courtroom deputy with copy to opposing counsel. Proposed versions of the order in pdf and Microsoft Word should be attached to the email.
Orders concerning motions that can be considered without a hearing or notice of opportunity for hearing (such as motions to extend time to file schedules and statements, motions to extend deadline to object to discharge, and motions to dismiss case by debtor in Chapter 13 cases) should be uploaded in ECF when the motion is filed.
Orders concerning motions that include negative notice language should be uploaded after the objection period expires, provided no objections have been filed.
Orders concerning motions that require a hearing should be uploaded after the court has conducted the hearing and issued a ruling.
Please allow 7-10 business days for the entry of routine orders. Inquiries regarding the status of an order should be directed to the courtroom deputy.
Telephonic and Videoconference Hearing Policy
1. General Information. Pursuant to General Order 2021-06, all hearings before the Court are currently being conducted in one of the following three ways depending upon the nature of the proceeding: (1) in a remote only mode (by video and telephone via the Court’s WebEx platform); (2) in an in-person only mode (before the Court in the courtroom); or (3) in a hybrid mode (enabling participants to appear in person or remotely).
For all remote only and hybrid hearings, subject to compliance with the procedures and requirements set forth herein, all counsel and other parties in interest are permitted to attend and participate in the hearing remotely without first obtaining permission of the Court to do so. Those who plan to actively participate in the hearing are encouraged to attend in the WebEx video mode using the WebEx video link below. Those who will not be seeking to introduce any evidence at the hearing and who wish to attend in a telephonic only mode may attend in the WebEx telephonic only mode using the WebEx dial-in and meeting ID below.
For WebEx Video Participation/Attendance:
For WebEx Telephonic Only Participation/Attendance:
Meeting ID: 473 581 124
2. Notice Requirement. Counsel who plan to attend a hearing by remote means and actively participate in the hearing by such means must provide written notice of the same to Judge Morris’ courtroom deputy at firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of the hearing. The notice should include counsel’s name, the party on whose behalf counsel will be appearing, the case name and number, the date and time of the hearing, and the means by which counsel will be attending (i.e. whether by video or telephone). Those who plan to attend in a listen only mode, however, are not required to provide such notice.
3. Protocol for Remotely Joining Hearing; Conduct During Hearing. Remote attendees should join the WebEx hearing at least 10 minutes prior to the hearing start time. Please be advised that a hearing may already be in progress and the Court’s telephonic and videoconference lines are live. During hearings, attendees are required to keep their lines on mute at all times that they are not addressing the Court or otherwise actively participating in the hearing. The Court reserves the right to disconnect or place on permanent mute any attendee that causes any disruption to the proceedings. For general information and tips with respect to WebEx participation and attendance, please see Clerk's Notice 20-04.
4. Remote Witness Testimony. For (a) remote only hearings and (b) hybrid hearings at which the Court has pre-authorized a witness’ remote attendance and participation, witness testimony must be provided with the WebEx video function activated. Except in extremely rare, emergency situations in which the Court determines that cause exists to waive the prohibition or where such form of testimony has been pre-authorized by the Court, witnesses may not provide testimony by telephone alone.
5. Exhibits. For remote only and hybrid hearings, any party intending to introduce documentary evidence at the hearing must file an exhibit list in the case with a true and correct copy of each designated exhibit filed as a separate, individual attachment thereto so that the Court and all participants have ready access to all designated exhibits. If the number of pages of such exhibits exceeds 100, then such party must also deliver two (2) sets of such exhibits in exhibit binders to the Court by no later than twenty-four (24) hours in advance of the hearing, unless the hearing will be conducted in a hybrid format and counsel will be presenting the binders to the Court, in person, at the commencement of the hearing. For any witness that is to be called to testify remotely, the party calling the witness must, in advance of the hearing, supply the witness (or counsel for the witness, as appropriate) with paper copies of all designated exhibits for the hearing.
6. Disclaimer. The Court cannot and does not guarantee that telephonic service and computer connectivity will not be interrupted during the course of a hearing. For hybrid hearings, those who elect to participate in the hearing by remote means do so at their own risk, understanding that except in extremely rare circumstances the Court will not entertain a request for continuance of the hearing based upon technological failure or any disadvantage experienced on account of an election to attend remotely instead of in person.
Please see Clerk’s Notice 06-06 dated April 12, 2006, for requirements for motions to extend the automatic stay pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 362 (c)(3)(B). Motions to continue or impose the automatic stay will ordinarily be set on a preliminary lift stay docket unless a special setting is needed to provide adequate notice. A list of extend stay dockets may be found at: https://www.txnb.uscourts.gov/content/judge-edward-l-morris-0.
Counsel should file a motion to shorten notice and upload a proposed order if allowing less than 24 days’ notice of the hearing.
Motions to reopen case for financial management course certificate or for filing the Debtor(s) Certification and Motion for Entry of Chapter 12/13 Discharge may be considered without a hearing or notice of opportunity for hearing. An order may be uploaded at the time of filing. Please use form BTXN196 located on our website. If the certificate or motion is not filed by the deadline, the case will be reclosed.
If all parties agree to continue a hearing, counsel shall notify the courtroom deputy by phone or email and request another setting. If approved, the Court's docket will be annotated to reflect the announcement and counsel will be excused from appearing at the hearing. The courtroom deputy will advise if an appearance at the originally scheduled setting is necessary. A motion for continuance is required if the hearing was set by court order. Notice of any new setting must promptly be provided.
For all hearings and trials, please provide the court with 2 copies of all exhibits (one for the judge and one for the law clerk) in addition to any copies to be provided to opposing counsel or for use by witnesses.
The Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas recognizes the importance of providing opportunities for junior lawyers to gain experience and training in courtroom skills. Accordingly, it is the policy of this Court that, where junior lawyers are familiar with the matter before the court, but are not experienced in arguing in court, they should be encouraged to attend and participate. In such circumstances, where it creates an opportunity for a junior lawyer to argue, this Court is amenable to permitting more than one lawyer to argue for a party.
Other opportunities for junior lawyers include attending and participating in first day matters in chapter 11cases and presenting some of the motions before the court, going over the agenda with the court for cases in which more than one hearing is scheduled, and attending to other uncontested matters. On the latter point, this Court does not consider it a waste of judicial time for a junior lawyer to handle in an efficient manner an uncontested matter.