INSTRUCTIONS FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES IN RE JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA CASE NUMBER 11-05736-TBB-9
INSTRUCTIONS FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES IN RE JEFFERSON COUNTY, ALABAMA
CASE NUMBER 11-05736-TBB-9
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama has arranged for parties to participate by telephonic appearance in hearings in In re Jefferson County, Alabama, Case Number 11-05736-TBB-9, using CourtCall, an independent conference call company.
Under no circumstances may any participant record or broadcast the proceedings conducted by the Bankruptcy Court.
I. POLICY GOVERNING TELEPHONIC APPEARANCES
Telephonic appearances are allowed in this case. If counsel anticipates being an active participant in a hearing, he or she should appear in person. Witnesses must appear in person. The Court can designate a matter as one requiring a personal appearance.
No telephonic appearance will be allowed unless it is made through CourtCall pursuant to the procedures set forth in Section II.
Parties filing a motion, application, or other pleading, including, without limitation, an objection or response thereto, may participate by telephonic appearance. Any interested party not submitting a pleading but interested in monitoring the Court's proceedings can do so via CourtCall but only in "listen-only" mode.
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. Individuals making use of the conference call service are cautioned that they do so at their own risk.
Telephonic appearances are connected directly with the courtroom's public address system and electronic recording equipment so that a record is produced. To ensure the quality of the record, the use of car phones, cellular phones, speakerphones, or phones in other public places is discouraged. Each time you speak, you must identify yourself for the record. Do not place the call on hold at any time. When the Judge informs the participants that the hearing is concluded, you may disconnect.
II. SCHEDULING A TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE
1. Participants must notify CourtCall by phone (866-582-6878) or by facsimile (866-533-2946) no later than 12:00 pm one business day prior to the hearing.
2. Participants must provide the following information:
a. Case name and number,
b. Name of Judge,
c. Hearing date and time,
d. Name, address, and phone number of participant,
e. Party whom participant represents, and
f. Matter on which the participant wishes to be heard or whether the participant intends to monitor the proceeding in "listen-only" mode.
3. Participants intending to be heard by the Bankruptcy Court must send written notification to debtor's counsel and/or opposing counsel providing the same information as above.
4. Participants will receive e-mail or fax confirmation and instructions for the telephonic appearance from CourtCall. It is the participant's responsibility to dial into the call no later than ten minutes prior to the scheduled hearing.
5. Any questions about telephonic appearances should be directed to CourtCall at 866-582-6878.
The fee for the telephonic appearance is fixed by CourtCall depending on the length of time the participant is on the call, regardless of whether the participant is actually heard by the Bankruptcy Court or is in "listen only" mode. CourtCall will bill the individual who contracts for the service, not the Court. The Court is not responsible for any fees connected with a teleconference hearing.
Dated: November 16, 2011