Chief Judge Philip P. Simon
5400 Federal Plaza
Hammond, IN 46320
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.