Department / Chamber 1 — Room 218
Michele McConnell, Judicial Assistant
Shelby Poteet, Law Clerk
Lisa Cruz, Courtroom Deputy
Chambers Guidelines - Effective January 6, 2020
How Much Diligence is Due? Defining an Attorney's Duty to Perform a Pre-Petition Inquiry (ABI Journal, November 2013) - posted January, 2015
Parties requesting telephonic attendance at a hearing should contact the judge's courtroom deputy at (619) 557-7407, no less than 24 business hours before the hearing. The Court will advise whether a telephonic appearance is appropriate as soon as reasonable. Failure to timely request a telephonic appearance may result in the request being denied. The Court will connect the parties appearing telephonically a few minutes before the hearing.
Parties appearing telephonically must use a phone that is free of static and must call from a location that is free of disruptive background noise. Otherwise, the telephonic appearance may be terminated. Telephonic appearances for evidentiary hearings are not permitted.
Parties appearing telephonically must call 15 minutes before the scheduled hearing time and must remain available throughout the Court's hearing calendar regardless of the length of the hearings.
Where numerous parties seek to appear telephonically, a participant may need to provide a bridge line for the conference call to be directly connected to the courtroom.