Although disfavored, this Court will consider requests for leave to appear telephonically at routine hearings that will not require substantive argument when counsel is located in another jurisdiction or is otherwise unable to appear in Court. Local counsel, where required by the local rules, must be present and will serve as lead counsel for that court appearance. Counsel appearing telephonically will not be permitted to engage in substantive arguments. Under no circumstances will this Court proceed with a hearing when neither party is present in open court.
Requests to appear telephonically must be e-mailed to the Courtroom Deputy no later than one full business day prior to the hearing. The e-mail must include the case name and number, the date and time of the hearing, the name of the attorney seeking to appear by telephone, the name of the party he or she represents, and a direct telephone number where he or she can be reached when the case is called. The e-mail shall also briefly explain why a telephonic appearance is necessary and shall indicate if local counsel will also be appearing. Courtesy notice must be provided to all parties.