United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern District of Texas
Marianne Denning - Judicial Assistant
Leslie Masterson - Law Clerk
Shirley Rasco - Courtroom Deputy ClerkCRD_Plano@txeb.uscourts.gov
Contacting the Court:
All persons present in the courtroom must dress and conduct themselves in a manner demonstrating respect for the Court.
All persons entering the Courtroom shall refrain from chewing gum, drinking, eating, smoking, wearing hats, or reading newspapers, books, etc. in the courtroom.
Counsel shall turn off his/her cell phone and instruct all parties and witnesses to do the same.
All counsel and parties are expected to stand at the lectern when addressing the court or examining a witness.
Attorneys and their staff are required to wear standard business attire.
Parties, witnesses and spectators shall dress appropriately and respectfully for the courtroom. No shorts, tank tops, midriff-baring or other revealing low-cut clothing, extremely short skirts, sunglasses, flip-flops, or hats shall be permitted in the courtroom.
Counsel are responsible for ensuring compliance with these rules by their clients, party representatives, and witnesses. Counsel should contact the Court in advance if special accommodation is desired for a client, party representative, or witness.
Dockets for each week are typically posted on the Court’s website for review on the Friday that precedes such week. Because the dockets are subject to change periodically, the docket may be periodically updated and posted on the website. A final updated docket will be available in the Courtroom but will not be posted on the website.
The Court generally schedules trials throughout each month but sets aside 2 days per month for motions and other matters in Chapter 7 and 11 cases, 2 days per month for motions and other matters in Chapter 13 cases, and 2 days per month for motions and other matters in adversary proceedings. These are called Docket Days.
Parties may appear on Docket Days and announce agreements that settle matters that are scheduled for hearing.
If the parties upload an agreed order signed by all parties on the day before a trial or hearing, the Court will take the matter off of the docket. If the parties have reached an agreement but have not uploaded an agreed order, the parties may appear on the date of the hearing to announce their agreement on the record.
Parties must advise the Courtroom Deputy Clerk in advance if the hearing scheduled on a Docket Day is estimated to last more than one hour.
Parties are reminded to bring in the required number of copies of exhibits, properly marked, that they wish to introduce into the record. See Local Bankruptcy Rule 7016(d).
Transcript requests for hearings should be made by contacting one of the service providers below:
*Each of the provicers listed above are equally certified to provide transcription services for the court and the court expresses no preference between them.
Counsel seeking redaction of personal identifiers contained in a transcript must complete and file form Statement of Redaction of Personal Identifiers in Transcript with the court within 7 days of the court receiving the transcript. The notice must include the page(s), line number(s), and information to be redacted. If filing electronically, use the event selection Notice of Intent to Redact Transcript Information located under Notices. After filing the notice with the court, a copy must be provided to the transcriber.
Pursuant to FRBP 9037, personal identifiers to be redacted include:
Counsel seeking to redact or restrict information contained in a transcript that does not meet the criteria above must obtain a court order by filing a motion to seal prior to hearing.
Send your request via email to:ECRO_PLANO@txeb.uscourts.gov
All requests should contain the following information:
A party may electronically present documents, exhibits or other materials (subject to the Court’s right to limit or disallow such presentations) from the counsel tables by using a laptop computer. The presentation will be visible from the bench, counsel tables, counsel podiums, and the witness stand. The party wishing to make such a presentation must supply the laptop computer and any necessary adapters for any such presentation. The Court will provide a standard HDMI connection to the Courtroom Technology system. The Court will not supply a laptop computer to any party for use in the Courtroom.
The party shall contact and notify the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at least 24 hours in advance of any hearing or trial in which that party desires to make an electronic presentation.
The Courtroom is equipped with the capability for telephonic conferencing. See Telephonic Appearances tab for more information about how to complete your request.
The Courtroom is also equipped with Video Conferencing equipment. Video Conferencing must be approved by the Court at least 3 days in advance of the hearing or trial. The party wishing to use Video Conferencing must contact the Courtroom Deputy 3 days prior to the hearing or trial to obtain this approval.
Other technology may be used in the Courtroom with prior Court approval. The party wishing to use any other technology in the Courtroom must contact the Courtroom Deputy Clerk at least 2 days in advance of the trial or hearing. The party must supply its own equipment.
All requests for telephonic appearances should be made via email to: ECRO_PLANO@txeb.uscourts.gov
REQUEST MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THE HEARING AND SHOULD CONTAIN THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:
Case Number and/or Adversary Proceeding Number
Hearing Date and Time
Name of party or attorney requesting the telephonic appearance
Direct telephone number where the party or its attorney can be reached.
YOU WILL RECEIVE CONFIRMATION FROM THE COURT IF YOUR REQUEST FOR TELEPHONIC APPEARANCE IS GRANTED. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE CONFIRMATION FROM THE COURT, YOU MUST PERSONALLY APPEAR.
IF THE COURT CANNOT REACH YOU WHEN YOUR CASE IS CALLED, THE COURT WILL CONDUCT THE HEARING WITHOUT YOU. THE FAILURE OF AN ATTORNEY TO BE AT THE NUMBER AND/OR ANSWER THE COURT’S CALL WILL CONSTITUTE A FAILURE TO APPEAR AND A WAIVER OF THE RIGHT TO APPEAR.
Please review this document to understand how to participate in a video hearing with Microsoft Teams.
When a hearing is scheduled to be conducted telephonically, the hearing notice will contain the dial-in information including (i) the phone number, (ii) the access code and (iii) the security code. The dial-in information can also be found on the Court Docket posted on this website.
EXHIBITS FOR TELEPHONIC HEARING
All proposed exhibits shall be attached to, and filed with, the party’s Exhibit and Witness List. The proposed exhibits shall be marked for identification in accordance with the Court’s Local Bankruptcy Rules.
WITNESS TESTIMONY AT TELEPHONIC HEARING
Parties may present the direct testimony of a witness by affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury. Such affidavit or declaration shall be attached to, and filed with, the party’s Exhibit and Witness List. The affiant or declarant shall appear at the hearing for cross examination.