Email and Telephone Communications


No ex parte email communications with the Court (Judge or staff) are allowed. All ex parte email communications are subject to disciplinary action.

All emails to the Court must copy all counsel of record and pro se parties. If a pro se party has not provided an email, counsel must forward a copy of the email, and any response, via regular mail--and counsel must certify to the Court that said procedure has been followed. Emails must be sent to official court addresses, not a personal or third-party email address.

Unsolicited emails to the Court are discouraged, except when extenuating and last-minute circumstances require prompt attention.

In the event the Court receives an ex parte email communication, the Court will file a copy of the email in the case--including attachments--and may do so without redacting any information.


Telephone calls from an attorney or a pro se litigant requesting a change in hearing date or time without all parties on the line are considered ex parte communications, and will not be presented to the Court. The appropriate filing making such a request must be filed for the Court's consideration. Regardless, requests for scheduling accommodations by phone are discouraged.

Calls to the Court should be limited to requests for information, advising of filings and proposed orders, informing staff of estimated arrivals for hearings, and emergencies.