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Charlotte Division Hearings Scheduled for January 2021 Before Judge Whitley

Release Date: 
Monday, January 4, 2021

Effective January 4, 2021 the phone number and email address for Judge Whitley’s chambers will be
704-350-7570 and whitley_hearings@ncwb.uscourts.gov.

To reduce the possibility of exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE JUDGE
WHITLEY'S JANUARY 2021 CHARLOTTE DIVISION HEARINGS
will be conducted as follows:

1. Except as provided in paragraph 3, ALL HEARINGS WILL BE CONDUCTED TELEPHONICALLY.
Parties and counsel will not be permitted in the courtroom. Call in information is found below
in paragraph 4.

2. ALL PARTIES AND COUNSEL, INCLUDING INDIVIDUALS NOT REPRESENTED BY COUNSEL (“PRO
SE PARTIES”), MAY APPEAR TELEPHONICALLY.
Represented parties wishing to participate in the
hearing should call in with their counsel, on a single telephone line.

3. Exceptions:
     1. Lengthy hearings. If a hearing will require more than 30 minutes, the parties should
        confer with one another and then contact chambers (704-350-7570) in advance of the
        scheduled hearing date for the purpose of obtaining a special setting. Normally, special
        settings will be heard later in the day of the originally scheduled hearing date. However,
        if these matters cannot be accommodated on that day, they will be set for another date.
     2. Evidentiary hearings. If the hearing will require evidence, the parties should first confer
        with one another and then contact chambers (704-350-7570) in advance of the hearing
        date to obtain a special setting and to coordinate the presentation of that evidence.
        Evidentiary hearings will typically be set for a later date and conducted by ZoomGov.
        Counsel and parties should confer and attempt to stipulate to as many of the
        uncontroverted facts and exhibits, as possible.

4. Call in & Other Technical Information:
     1. Parties should call in 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the hearing. When Court
         is opened, the phone lines will be locked.
     2. The call-in numbers for these hearings are:

  • Teleconference Number: 888-684-8852
  • Access Code: 7389051#
  • Security Code: 4987#

3. Please call in using a landline, if possible. The use of cell phones is discouraged due to
the possibility of dropped connections. If you choose to use a cell phone and the
connection is dropped, you will not be able to reconnect to the courtroom.

4. When Court begins, and UNTIL YOUR CASE IS CALLED, please MUTE your phone. Do not
place the call on hold WHEN YOUR CASE is CALLED, UNMUTE your phone. The Court will
ask for appearances in the case. At that point, state your name and your relationship to
the case.

5. When your case is over, the Judge will tell you when it is appropriate to disconnect.
Attorneys having multiple cases should, at the end of their last case, advise the Judge.

If you have questions, please contact chambers at 704-350-7570 or email
whitley_hearings@ncwb.uscourts.gov. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented public health challenge.