OPEN CALENDAR PROCEDURE FOR JUDGE WILLIAM
United States Bankruptcy Court
Northern District of California
Beginning with hearings to be held after June 1, 2011, Judge William J.
Lafferty will use an open calendar procedure for the scheduling of certain
matters. This procedure will allow counsel to self-select an available date and
time on the appropriate calendar and serve notice of that date and time without
first having to obtain the date and time from the calendar clerk.
The court encourages all parties to
set matters using the open calendar procedure whenever possible. Dianna
Passadore, Judge Lafferty's courtroom deputy, will be available by telephone to
schedule hearings not available for setting on the open calendar, or as needed
for emergency matters. Her contact information is: Dianna Passadore, 510-879-3533
1.Types of proceedings that may be set using the open calendar procedure:
Motions in Adversary Proceedings and motions in the main cases for
chapter 7 and 11 cases: on designated Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Motions for relief from stay in all chapters: on designated
Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m.
Disclosure statement hearings in chapter 11 cases: on designated Wednesdays
at 10:30 a.m.
All matters relating to chapter 13 cases requiring the presence of
the chapter 13 trustee: on designated Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. when chapter 13
confirmation hearings take place. These confirmation
hearing dates will be announced in advance and posted in Judge Lafferty's
calendar section on the Court's website.
2.The open calendar procedure is not available for the following:
Case management conferences in adversary proceedings. The Calendar Clerk will select the date and time for the initial Case
Management Conference before issuing the summons.
Plan confirmation hearings in chapter 11 cases. Following the approval of the disclosure statement, the court will schedule
the date and time for the hearing on confirmation of plan.
Status conferences in chapter 11 cases. The court will schedule and notice a status conference.
Trials in adversary proceedings. All trials will be assigned a date and time and a pretrial order will be
Any matter requiring an order shortening time. An application for an order shortening time under B.L.R. 9006-1 is required before
a hearing date will be set. Once the application has been reviewed, chambers will
contact counsel with the date and time of the hearing as well as any special
instructions regarding notice.
Matters set by the court pursuant to an order to show cause and
hearings on reaffirmation agreements.
a. In order to utilize the open calendar procedure, counsel should select an
available date and time as shown on the list of dates posted in Judge Lafferty's
calendar section on the court's website. The date selected must be no earlier
than as required by applicable national or local rules, as nothing in this open
calendar procedure alters applicable time limits.
b. After selecting an available date and time, counsel should serve proper
notice of the matter in accordance with applicable rules. Note: If a hearing
on a motion for relief from stay is set in accordance with this open calendar procedure
more than thirty days after the date the motion is filed, the party will be
deemed to have waived the thirty-day limitation of 11 U.S.C. § 362(e).
c. No later than three days after the service on other parties, counsel
should provide chambers with copies of all appropriate papers in accordance
with the court's website regarding chambers copies.
d. Once a matter is set by the open calendar procedure, with the exception of
certain matters in adversary proceedings or matters noticed to all creditors,
continuances may be handled through the Judge's courtroom deputy. A minimum
notice of 24 hours required.
e. Counsel must not request that the courtroom deputy call back to
confirm that the matter has been placed on the calendar. Counsel desiring
confirmation that a matter has been placed on the calendar by the open calendar
procedure should review the calendar on the bankruptcy court's website.
f. Failure to comply with the foregoing open calendar procedure will result in
the matter not being placed on calendar. Note: Occasionally there may be
a need to reschedule matters that have been placed on the calendar in
accordance with this open calendar procedure. Typically this will be because of
calendar congestion or unforeseen schedule changes. In those instances the
courtroom deputy will contact the moving party as soon as possible so that a
notice of a rescheduled hearing may be disseminated.