DURING THE PERIOD OF TRANSITION TO A NEW CASE ASSIGNMENT SYSTEM DUE TO THE APPOINTMENT OF NEW JUDGES, JUDGE WAITES’ CHAPTER 13 GUIDELINES, LOCATED UNDER HIS CHAMBERS GUIDELINES (CHAPTER 13 MATTERS) REMAIN APPLICABLE AT THIS TIME ONLY WITH RESPECT TO COLUMBIA CHAPTER 13 CASES ASSIGNED TO KEENAN STEPHENSON. FOR ALL OTHER CHAPTER 13 MATTERS BEING HANDLED BY JUDGE WAITES, CHAPTER 13 MATTERS WILL NOT BE FORMALLY DIVIDED INTO A CONSENT/DISPUTE CALENDAR AND THE FOLLOWING PROCEDURES WILL APPLY:
In order to reduce wait time at hearing for the bar and parties, allow compliance with Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9014(e), provide parties with further opportunity to settle matters or prepare arguments, and assist the Court in preparing for significant issues, the Trustee, parties, and counsel that have a matter scheduled for hearing before the Court shall have a duty to timely consult with each other regarding the matter and discuss settlement possibilities prior to any hearing.
In the event that a matter remains disputed/contested, parties and counsel shall have a duty to timely exchange the evidence to be presented to the Court and enter into stipulations which may assist the Court at the hearing. As soon as the Trustee, parties, and counsel are aware that a matter will be in dispute, and by no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled hearing, parties and counsel shall notify the Court by letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Trustee that a matter remains in dispute and will likely require the presentation of testimony or other evidence or oral argument. The letter shall clearly identify the matter in dispute and contain the phone numbers of both counsel, and counsel shall be available by telephone for a possible conference with the Judge or his law clerk. Whether a conference call is held or not, parties and counsel should attend and be prepared to proceed at the scheduled hearing.
If the filed pleadings are insufficient to identify the issue or if the matter in dispute will require significant preparation by the Court, the Court may continue the hearing in its discretion prior to or at the time of the hearing, proceed with the matter, conduct a pre-trial conference, and/or require preparation of a Joint Statement of Dispute as set forth in the Chapter 13 Guidelines.
Continuance, Settlement and Withdrawal procedures remain applicable.
Failure to comply with the procedures herein may be grounds for adverse relief, including the denial of an opportunity to have a matter heard at the scheduled date and time or the denial of a request for continuance.