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Judge Corali Lopez-Castro
Requirements and Procedures for Remote Attendance at Hearings.
Effective Tuesday, September 5, 2023, except for the Court’s monthly Chapter 13 calendar, and unless otherwise ordered, attorneys and pro se parties must attend all hearings in person, unless:
(a) they reasonably believe they have a contagious illness (including COVID) or are unable to use the stairs in the Miami Federal Courthouse (while the elevators are out of service),
(b) they are only observing the hearing,
(c) in advance of the hearing, there is clear agreement between all interested parties that all objections to the matter set for hearing have been resolved. Note: Lack of any filed objections to a motion or application does not necessarily mean there is a clear agreement between all interested parties, or
(d) the Court has granted leave to attend remotely for good cause shown by ex parte motion filed not later than (i) two business days before the hearing, or (ii) in emergency or unforeseen circumstances, as soon as reasonably practicable in advance of the hearing.
Further, due to current staffing issues for the Office of the United States Trustee, any counsel for the United States Trustee residing outside of the Southern District of Florida may attend any non-evidentiary hearing remotely and make substantive argument without filing a motion requesting leave to do so.