Procedures for Court Appearances before Judge Williamson
Effective September 13, 2021
Due to concerns about the COVID-19 Delta variant, Judge Williamson will continue to conduct all hearings and trials by video via Zoom, unless a specific exception is allowed. Please see the guidelines below.
Zoom & Telephonic Appearances
- Appearances Generally. Parties shall attend all proceedings remotely by Zoom or telephone. The Court prefers appearance by Zoom video, if possible.
- Zoom. The Court will enter in the case or adversary proceeding an Order Establishing Procedures for Video Hearings. Parties appearing via Zoom shall register as directed in the Order. When possible, the Zoom link will be made available at least one week prior to every hearing/trial. Please register early to avoid last-minute technical issues.
- Equipment. Parties appearing via Zoom must have sufficient bandwidth and electronic devices to facilitate seamless video appearances, and a microphone that will provide clear audio transmission.
- Attire. Appropriate courtroom attire is still required even when appearing remotely.
- Telephonic Appearances. Parties appearing remotely by telephone via Court Solutions should register at www.court-solutions.com. Registration should be completed by 5:00 p.m. on the business day before the proceeding.
- Request for In-Person Appearance. A request for an in-person appearance will only be considered upon filing of an agreed motion.
Generally, the Court will consider allowing in-person appearances
only for trials or significant hearings on contested matters or
adversary proceedings. Such motions will be considered in
Chambers and shall be filed timely enough for the Court to rule in
advance of the scheduled proceeding.
- Content of Motion. A motion for in-person appearance shall
affirmatively set forth the position of all parties with respect to the
request and shall state with specificity how the parties will handle
testimony of any non-party witnesses. If witnesses agree to appear in
person, the Court may allow it. But the Court will not compel the
in-person appearance at the Courthouse of any witnesses.
- Proposed Order. The Court will contact counsel to submit a
proposed order either granting or denying the motion. If the motion
is granted, the proposed order shall include language with respect to
how witness testimony will be conducted.
- Courthouse Access. Parties appearing in person must comply with
the District Court’s most recent COVID-19 Order governing entry
into the courthouse.
- Questions. Please direct all questions to Judge Williamson’s
courtroom deputy, Marti Malone, at email@example.com or
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