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How To Schedule A Hearing

Hearings Scheduled by the Moving Party

The Moving Party is to schedule routine, non-evidentiary motions.  In doing so, parties may choose to utilize the default notice procedures, if applicable. 

Hearings Scheduled by the Court

The Court will schedule Evidentiary Matters, Pre-trial Hearings and Conferences, Confirmation Hearings and Motions for Summary Judgment.

Choosing a Hearing Date

Choose a hearing date and time that meets or exceeds the Minimum Notice required. 

See Table of Available Hearing Dates and Times below

Hearing Location

Hearings are held in both Rutland and Burlington.  Location determinations should be made based upon mutual timing concerns and geographic convenience of the participants.

                              For Hearings in Rutland:                                        For Hearings in Burlington:

                              United States Bankruptcy Court                              United States Bankruptcy Court
                              151 West Street, 2nd Floor                                       11 Elmwood Avenue
                              Rutland, Vermont 05701                                           Burlington, Vermont 05401
 
Default Procedure

Certain requests for relief under the Bankruptcy Code and Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure may be determined without a hearing, provided that an opportunity for a hearing is presented to parties entitled to notice.  Under this procedure, if an objection is timely filed, the Court shall hold a hearing on the date designated on the notice.  If no objections are timely filed, the Court may enter an order without a hearing.  The default procedure is optional.  For relief available using Default Procedure see Vt LBR 9013-4 of the 2021 Local Bankruptcy Rules

Minimum Notice and Response  

Unless a greater period is required by the Code or Rules, service must be made: 

Under Default Procedure – at least fourteen (14) days prior to the response deadline and response deadline shall be a minimum of seven (7) days prior to the hearing date.  The response deadline may be more than 7 days prior to the hearing date if noticing time allows.

Under Conventional Procedure – at least eleven (11) days prior to the response deadline and response deadline shall be a minimum of three (3) days prior to the hearing date.  The response deadline may be more than 3 days prior to the hearing if noticing time allows. 

For reference please see Appendix VIII (Reference Guide for Noticing) to the Local Rules.

Multiple Motions

Multiple motions in the same case are to be scheduled in the time frame that corresponds to the primary motion.

Chapter 7 and Chapter 11

Only motions in cases under Chapters 7 and 11 may be scheduled for the hearing dates specified for Chapters 7 and 11.  Exceptions to this rule require Court approval and will be based upon exigent circumstances.

Chapter 12 and Chapter 13

Only motions in cases under Chapters 12 and 13 may be scheduled for the hearing dates specified for Chapters 12 and 13.  Exceptions to this rule require Court approval and will be based upon exigent circumstances.

Preparing the Notice of Motion (see FORMS listed below)

Minimum requirements for all notices of motion (See Vt. LBR 9013-2):

  • Description of the relief sought
  • Date, time and location of the hearing
  • Deadline for filing written objections/responses
  • Names and addresses of those parties that must be served with copies of objections
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the moving party

Service and Filing of Motion Papers and Notices of Motion

Who to Serve - All parties entitled to notice under the Bankruptcy Rules or the Code must be served with the Notice of Motion and Motion papers.

Filing with the Court - the Moving Party must file the following documents with the Clerk of the Court:

  • All Motion papers
  • Notice of Motion
  • Certificate of Service regarding the Motion papers and Notice of Motion

Forms

Form U-1 - Model Notice of Motion Under Conventional Procedure

Form U-2 - Model Notice of Motion Under Default Procedure

Model Certificate of Service for a Bankruptcy Case

Reference Guide

Appendix VIII To Vt.LBR - Reference Guide for Noticing; Vt.LBR 9013-2; 9013-3 and 9013-4.

Table of Available Hearing Times and Dates for 2022
 
Chapter 7 and 11 Matters
10:00 a.m. Trustee Final Reports 
  Trustee Application for Commissions, Compensation and Expenses
  Trustee Application for Appointment/Compensation of Professionals
  Debtor in Possession Application for Commissions, Compensation and Expenses
  Debtor in Possession Application for Appointment/Compensation of Professionals
  Order to Show Cause for Deficiencies
  Motions to Approve Reaffirmation Agreements
  Motions for Relief from Stay
11:00 a.m. All Other Chapter 7 and Chapter 11 Motions
11:30 a.m. Pre-Trial Conferences
  Motions in Adversary Proceedings
Chapter 12 and 13 Matters
1:30 p.m. Chapter 13 Confirmation Hearings
2:00 p.m. All Chapter 12 Motions
  Chapter 12 Confirmation Hearings
2:30 p.m. Chapter 13:
  Motions to Modify
  Motions to Avoid a Lien or Objection to an Exemption
  Show Cause Hearings
  Motions to Dismiss
  Status Hearings
  Pre-Trial Conferences
  Motions for Relief from Stay
  All Other Chapter 13 Motions 
Evidentiary Hearings in All Chapters
Set by Court Chapter 11 Confirmation hearings
  Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement Hearings
  All Other Evidentiary Hearings
OCTOBER 2022
Rutland  Burlington 
October 28 October 18
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
October 7 October 25
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
NOVEMBER 2022
Rutland  Burlington 
November 18 November 8
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
November 1 November 15
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
DECEMBER 2022
Rutland  Burlington 
December 9 December 20
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
December 16 December 6
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
Table of Available Hearing Times and Dates for 2023
 
Chapter 7 and 11 Matters
10:00 a.m. Trustee Final Reports 
  Trustee Application for Commissions, Compensation and Expenses
  Trustee Application for Appointment/Compensation of Professionals
  Debtor in Possession Application for Commissions, Compensation and Expenses
  Debtor in Possession Application for Appointment/Compensation of Professionals
  Order to Show Cause for Deficiencies
  Motions to Approve Reaffirmation Agreements
  Motions for Relief from Stay
11:00 a.m. All Other Chapter 7 and 11 Motions
11:30 a.m. Pre-Trial Conferences
  Motions in Adversary Proceedings
Chapter 12 and 13 Matters
10:00 a.m. Chapter 13 Confirmation Hearings
11:00 a.m. Chapter 13 Motions
1:30 p.m. Chapter 12 Confirmation Hearings
2:30 p.m.  Chapter 12 Motions
Evidentiary Hearings in All Chapters
Set by Court Chapter 11 Confirmation hearings
  Chapter 11 Disclosure Statement Hearings
  All Other Evidentiary Hearings
JANUARY 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
January 20 January 31
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
January 6 January 10
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
FEBRUARY 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
February 24 February 28
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
Feburary 17 February 7
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
MARCH 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
March 24 March 21
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
March 10 March 28
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
APRIL 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
April 14 April 11
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
April 7 April 18
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
MAY 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
May 26 May 9
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
May 12 May 16
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
JUNE 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
June 16 June 6
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
June 23 June 13
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
JULY 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
July 14 July 18
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
July 21 July 11
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
AUGUST 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
August 4 August 15
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
August 25 August 8
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
SEPTEMBER 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
September 1 September 19
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
September 22 September 12
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
OCTOBER 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
October 6 October 24
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
October 27 October 17
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
NOVEMBER 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
November 3 November 14
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
November 17 November 7
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13
DECEMBER 2023
Rutland  Burlington, Vermont 
December 8 December 19
Chapters 7 and 11 Chapters 7 and 11
December 15 December 5
Chapters 12 and 13 Chapters 12 and 13

 

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