As a courtesy, the Court permits out-of-town and suburban counsel to participate in routine status and motion hearings by telephone. Please provide a direct, landline telephone number to Sandy Newland the day before the scheduled hearing, by calling (312) 435-6870. If counsel in multiple locations wish to appear by phone, the Court will provide a conference call line, but you are still required to join the conference call using a landline.
The Court needs to be able to reach you without delay. Just as in court you must be ready to step up when your case is called, you should be near your phone and prepared to answer it when the Court calls. The Court should not be placed on hold while a staff person attempts to locate you. Please be aware that your case may be called later than the scheduled time depending on other matters before the Court. Every effort will be made to call your case promptly.
Please keep in mind that even as a phone participant you are on the record in a formal court hearing. If there are multiple people on the phone, you must state your name each time you speak for clarity of the record. Lengthy arguments should be made in person or by local counsel.