AI Divisional News

Coronavirus Update (as of July 1, 2020)

 

Please see Administrative Order 12.510 and Press Release from the Chief Judge related to court operations in response to COVID-19.

 

In an effort to comply with the mandate that the Court ensures a just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action, Division AI is still conducting UMC, special set, and testimonial hearings remotely—via telephone or video conferencing.

 

******ALL JURY TRIALS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER ORDER FROM CHIEF MARX.*****

 

******NON-JURY TRIALS ARE BEING SCHEDULED AND ARE LISTED ON THE COURT’S WEBSITE.  SEE THE TRIAL DOCKET LINK.*****

 

THERE WILL BE NO WRITS OF POSSESSION ISSUED UNTIL FURTHER ORDER. 

 

ALL Uniform Motion Calendar (UMC) hearings MUST be set via the online system using Zoom (using the Court’s credentials) or Court Call (if the parties choose).  If the parties cannot agree, Zoom (with the Court’s credentials) is the default provider.  When setting via Zoom, the online system provides the scheduler with the Court’s Zoom credentials.

 

Zoom permits both telephonic and video appearances.  For UMC hearings, the Court will no longer have hearings via a separate teleconference line.

 

For UMC, special set, video conferencing, and non-testimonial hearings, the matter must be scheduled using the online system. 

 

For special set matters, the parties may use Zoom, Court Call, or a private provider with agreement of all parties.  If the parties cannot agree, the parties must use the Court’s Zoom credentials accessible via the online system.

 

Division AI is striving to become paperless.  Accordingly, please ensure that all hearing materials are uploaded using the online system.  If submitting a volume of materials (like a hardcopy notebook), please ensure that the materials are bookmarked to allow the Court easy access to and transition through the materials.

 

 

NON-JURY TRIALS VIA ZOOM

For remote non-jury trials, the parties must ensure that the Court has all original exhibits prior to trial.  The exhibits must pre-marked (please confer with the Clerk to obtain the proper pre-marked exhibit materials), mailed to the Court via U.S. Mail, and received three (3) business days before the scheduled trial.  The parties must also upload the marked exhibits to share with all parties via the online scheduling system.

 

 

REMOTE APPEARANCE PROCEDURES:

 

The guidelines below are temporary and govern the use of electronic devices in court proceedings, when parties are appearing remotely and using Supreme Court authorized communications equipment.

 

During remote Court proceedings conducted through Court approved communication equipment, electronic devices may not be used by anyone for photography, videography, audio recording, or any other purpose unless the individual has prior approval from the Court.  Such devices include, but are not limited to cell phones, cameras, computers, laptops, tablets, digital voice recorders or similar technical devices.

  

ALL OTHER PROCEDURES AND REQUIREMENTS REMAIN EFFECTIVE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO COMPLIANCE WITH LOCAL RULE 4.

 

For further information, please also see Supreme Court Administrative Orders and Administrative Order 12.511.

 

Please DO NOT contact the Judicial Assistant for permission to appear remotely, but PLEASE make sure the Court has the telephonic or video credentials IF the parties choose NOT to utilize the Court’s Zoom credentials or CourtCall.  CourtCall automatically provides the attendees who are appearing using that service.

 

During this pandemic, the Division’s goal is to continue to function, honoring the mandate, ruling on the papers and argument of the parties, while also recognizing that we all are navigating uncharted territory. 

 

PLEASE ADHERE TO ADMINISTRATIVE ORDERS AS WELL AS CDC GUIDELINES AND PLEASE BE SAFE AND WELL!


Effective Immediately:

Submission of Orders

Effective immediately ALL Orders for Division AI must be submitted in Word format through the Online System after the hearing not before. Please review the Divisional Instructions. Please submit Orders following UMC via: 1) the computers in the Courtroom following the hearing; or 2) using the online system immediately following the hearing.

Instructions for entering orders in courtroom

 Online Scheduling

Any party seeking to cancel and reschedule a foreclosure sale shall file a written motion in the same format Exhibit "A" attached to AO 3.301-11/12. The Motion and Order shall include the number of times the sale has been cancelled.

The Motion shall be filed seven (7) business days before the sale date and must be set on the Uniform Motion Calendar.

Uniform Motion Calendar

Judge Rowe's Uniform Motion Calendar is held on Tuesday-Thursday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Please make sure you submit a copy of the Notice of Hearing along with the motions to Judge Rowe by US mail 5 days prior to the hearing. Also, do not contact the Judicial Assistant to cancel, set UMC Hearings or to verify the UMC is set.

When scheduling a hearing online, the full and complete title of the motion should be entered. When providing the paperwork for a hearing on a Motion to Dismiss, provide the Judge with a copy of the OPERATIVE PLEADINGS.

Telephonic Appearances

CourtCall is the service provider used for the purposes of scheduling and appearing at a non-evidentiary hearing via telephone. If you wish to appear at a non-evidentiary hearing via telephone, you must visit courtcall.com and make the appropriate arrangements at least 48 business hours prior to the scheduled hearing date and time. The judge's office strictly enforces this rule so please abide by same, absent an emergency circumstance. Please be advised the Court does not set the fees imposed by Courtcall and the Court has no control over same. If you wish to appear at a hearing via telephone, you will be required to pay Courtcall's service fee/charge.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU CANNOT APPEAR BY TELEPHONE AT THE FOLLOWING MATTERS:

  • Case Management Conferences or
  • Evidentiary Hearings.

Video Appearances

Division AI now participates in the Fifteenth Circuit's Video Appearance Project for non-evidentiary hearings. For parties wishing to appear by video, compliance with the Fifteenth Circuit's Video Appearance Acceptable Use Policy is strictly enforced. Parties must coordinate video appearances via an approved service provider. Only video appearances that use an approved service provider and an approved web-based solution will be allowed.

To set a video appearance for a hearing that is presently set:

  1. Coordinate the video appearance through an approved service provider. View a list of approved video service providers and their contact information.
  2. Log into the Circuit's Online Services System ("OLS")
  3. Locate your hearing in OLS;
  4. Schedule the appearance via the Circuit's Online Services System ("OLS")
  5. Provide a back-up phone number for use to continue the hearing in the event of technical difficulties;
  6. Note: video appearances can only be scheduled for events listed in the OLS system.

No Motion or Order for video appearances is required; however, you must get permission to appear by calling the Judicial Assistant for Judge Rowe and inform opposing counsel/party that you are appearing via video.