Traci Ellison, 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 Jernigan is as follows:
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 14th Floor, Courtroom #1 in Dallas.
Preliminary hearings on Motions for Relief from Stay (all chapters) will be heard on designated Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom #1.
Motions to lift stay filed between:
Preliminary Hearing date:
Per General Order 2020-05, for motions for relief from stay set for preliminary hearing between March 16 and May 1, counsel and parties should not appear for the scheduled hearing and instead, the motion should be resolved by announcement of agreement, default, or pass to final hearing after May 1, 2020. You may make your announcement using the notice of announcement regarding lift stay motion event code or by email to the courtroom deputy. If the Court does not receive an announcement, the Court will decide the motion based on the pleadings and affidavits on file.
Motions to Extend or Impose the Automatic Stay will be heard as indicated on the chart below.
NOTE: Motions shall be filed and served promptly upon the filing of the petition. Per Clerk's Notice 06-06, motions shall be filed promptly enough that (1) the court may hear the motion within 30 days of the date of the petition and (2) parties may be given 24 days notice of the hearing.
Per General Order 2020-05, counsel for debtor shall submit after the objection deadline and the Court will, in most cases, sign bridge orders on motions to extend or impose stay that would ordinarily be set between March 16 and May 1, 2020. Motions in cases filed after April 7 may be set for hearing according to the chart.
All matters relating to Chapter 13 main cases (other than motions for relief from stay) will be heard on designated Thursdays.
Parties shall contact the Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee, Thomas D. Powers, at (214) 855-9200. Settings must comply with Chapter 13 Office procedures and requirements. You may also obtain setting information on the trustee's website at www.13network.com.
NOTE: All matters shall be noticed for an 8:30 a.m. pre-hearing conference at Crestview Tower, 105 Decker Court, Suite 120, Irving, Texas 75062. The Court will hear unresolved and defaulted matters at 2:00 p.m. on the same day.
May 5, 2020
May 28, 2020
June 11, 2020
June 25, 2020
Non-discovery motions in adversary proceedings will be heard at 10:30 a.m.:
June 8, 2020
Judge Jernigan’s chambers are located at 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1421, Dallas, TX 75242-1496. Her courtroom is located in Room 1428 (Courtroom #1) on the 14th floor.
The mailing address is 1100 Commerce Street, Room 1254, Dallas, TX, 75242-1496.
Case-related inquiries should be directed to the courtroom deputy. All other calls may be directed as follows.:
Parties who wish to appear by phone in Judge Jernigan’s court should contact CourtCall, an independent conference call company that provides conference call services for our court, to arrange the appearance at (866)582-6878, or email@example.com. Effective February 10, 2020, it will no longer be necessary to submit a written request or obtain court approval in advance.
Deadlines: Participants must contact CourtCall to arrange the appearance at least one hour before the scheduled hearing and join the call no later than ten (10) minutes prior to the hearing time. There is a small fee for the service.
Phone Etiquette: To ensure the quality of the call, a landline should be used if at all possible. Also, please use the mute feature on your phone if available. On every occasion before speaking, you must identify yourself for the record.
Exceptions to Phone Participation: The court will not allow the presentation of evidence or questioning of witnesses by phone. Counsel wishing to make extensive legal argument and/or examine witnesses will need to appear in person in the courtroom. Additionally, the Court will not allow telephonic appearances at preliminary lift stay hearings, hearings on motions to extend or impose stay, trial docket call settings, or contested hearings on the Chapter 13 docket.
Please notify the courtroom deputy by email to firstname.lastname@example.org when filing an emergency motion or motion for expedited hearing.
Out of respect for the court's time and other parties who need court time, and out of consideration for due process, parties should be thoughtful about whether their matters are genuine emergencies. Requests should specifically state why the relief sought is urgent and cannot wait the required notice period. Certificates of conference are important to the court in evaluating what parties-in-interest have been contacted and do not oppose the request.
The U. S. Trustee’s docket is typically scheduled on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Settings are scheduled by Mary Fran Durham, Office of the U. S. Trustee.
The Chapter 13 Trustee’s docket is generally scheduled for the second Thursday of each month. The Chapter 13 Trustee’s office prepares the docket, conducts pre-hearing conferences, and provides the court with a list of unresolved matters that require a court hearing. The courtroom deputy only sets matters on this docket when instructed by the judge.
After a Clerk’s entry of default has been issued, defendant may move for default judgment at trial docket call or by written motion. If by written motion, a hearing is required. Please obtain a setting from Judge Jernigan’s self-calendaring procedures at http://www.txnb.uscourts.gov/content/judge-stacey-g-c-jernigan.
Motions for summary judgment require a hearing unless the parties request it be decided on pleadings. Settings may be obtained by contacting the courtroom deputy at email@example.com
To announce an agreement, default, or pass to another preliminary hearing, counsel for movant may docket a notice of announcement regarding lift stay motion in ECF. The deadline for announcements in Judge Jernigan’s court is 11:59 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing. Announcements received by the deadline will be annotated on the court’s calendar and counsel will be excused from appearing in court. Otherwise, counsel should plan to appear in court and make an announcement on the record.
Counsel should file a motion to shorten notice and upload a proposed order if allowing less than 21 days’ notice of the hearing.
Motions to reinstate in Chapter 13 cases should be set on the Chapter 13 Trustee’s pre-hearing conference docket. Motions to reinstate in Chapter 7 cases should be set for hearing in the due course of business. If the case was dismissed for deficient documents and the deficiency is promptly cured, counsel should file a motion to reinstate case and contact the courtroom deputy. The court may be willing to reinstate the case without a hearing.
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For all hearings and trials, please provide the court with 2 copies of all exhibits (one for the court and one for the law clerk) in addition to any copies to be provided to opposing counsel or for use by witnesses.