Judge Caldwell Policies and Procedures

JUDGE CHARLES M. CALDWELL
170 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
(614) 469-2053


POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Settlements
 
If the motion, application or complaint is withdrawn or settled, no one need appear at the scheduled hearing or trial if an e-mail message is sent to the Court at caldwell287@ohsb.uscourts.gov BY NOON THE DAY PRIOR to the scheduled hearing. It is the responsibility of the e-mail sender to make sure that the appropriate parties are informed not to appear. The failure to file the withdrawal of the motion, application or complaint or to present the agreed entry within THIRTY DAYS , will prompt the entry of an order denying or dismissing the motion, application or complaint , or other appropriate action. THIS PROCEDURE MAY NOT BE USED FOR CONTINUANCES.     
 
Continuances
 
Any request for a continuance must be made by written motion served upon parties to the litigation, and must include the basis for the continuance and state whether the matter has been continued previously. A CONTINUANCE CANNOT BE REQUESTED TELEPHONICALLY. SUCH CALLS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED OR RETURNED. If the continuance is by agreement, the proposed order must bear the signatures of all parties to the litigation. No continuance will be granted unless a motion is filed at least seven (7) days prior to the scheduled hearing or trial date, absent a showing of extraordinary circumstances.     
 
Electronic Evidence Procedures for Motions and Applications
 
Presentation of all exhibits for contested motions and applications, etc., shall be accomplished through the Court’s electronic display system (document camera). Counsel, however, shall provide an original hard copy of each exhibit to be retained by the Court as part of the record. If counsel intends to present exhibits electronically from a laptop computer or use of other digital presentation devices, then counsel must provide at least seven (7) days advance notice to the Courtroom Deputy to ensure security clearance, technical compatibility, and to arrange training on the use of the equipment. Courtroom equipment testing and setup of counsel-provided devices, are the responsibility of counsel, and should be completed prior to the hearing.     
 
Electronic Evidence Procedures for Adversary Proceedings
                      
Presentation of all exhibits for adversary proceedings shall be accomplished through the Court’s electronic display system (document camera). Counsel, however, shall provide an original hard copy of each exhibit to be retained by the Court as part of the record. If counsel intends to present exhibits electronically from a laptop computer or use of other digital presentation devices, then counsel must provide at least seven (7) days advance notice to the Courtroom Deputy to ensure security clearance, technical compatibility, and to arrange training on the use of the equipment. Courtroom equipment testing and setup of counsel-provided devices, are the responsibility of counsel, and should be completed prior to the trial.     
 
Appropriate Communications with Chambers Staff
                      
While communications with chambers staff aid the prosecution of cases, we are all governed by Rule 9003 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedures. This Rule prohibits the discussion of the merits of any case with chambers staff without all parties present. Procedural and scheduling questions are excluded from this prohibition, but parties must be vigilant that the conversation not stray into a discussion on the merits. Chambers staff have been instructed to avoid and discontinue conversations that violate Rule 9003, in fact and spirit.    
 
Procedures for Telephonic Appearance
 
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