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Chief Judge Philip P. Simon - Telephonic Hearings
Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
5400 Federal Plaza
Suite 4400
Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 852-6740

Telephonic Hearings

Frequently Judge Simon decides that it is in the best interest of the parties to conduct certain hearings via telephonic conference call. This is done as a convenience to the parties to hold down costs.

When the court sets a telephonic status conference, the parties are required to contact Judge Simonís courtroom deputy as soon as possible, but no later than two days in advance of the conference call, to identify the persons who will participate in the conference call and to provide the phone number at which counsel should be contacted for the call. The court will initiate these calls and it is imperative that it have the appropriate telephone numbers. Failure to provide proper contact information to the courtroom deputy may result in the court holding the conference in the absence of the party that failed to comply. Courtroom deputy Noel Collins can be contacted for this purpose at (219) 852-6724 or via e-mail to Judge Simon's chambers mailbox.

An individual must identify himself or herself prior to speaking during the conference. These conferences are typically recorded by a court reporter and identification of the speaker is necessary in order to accurately record the conference. Even if a speaker has previously identified himself or herself on the call, the speaker is advised to continue to do so each time he or she speaks. A recurring problem during telephonic hearings is lawyers interrupting one another. This makes an accurate record nearly impossible.

Counsel and the parties are to treat these conferences with the same seriousness as in-court appearances. The court reminds counsel that telephonic status conferences are an optional courtesy extended to the parties and to counsel. Failure to abide by these rules will result in Judge Simon requiring in-person attendance for all subsequent conferences.

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