Participants will need the following information provided in the hearing notice to participate by telephone:
- Toll Free Call in Number (888) 684-8852 or (for outside of USA) 215-446-0155
- Access Code
The Access Code may not be the same for every hearing, so it is important you review the hearing notice in advance. Each Judge has an exclusive access code. Hearings regarding Stays and Consumer Bankruptcy Committee meetings have their own access codes.
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To participate in the telephone hearing, dial the Toll Free Call in Number and enter the seven digit Access Code followed by the “#” key. You may be placed on hold until the courtroom deputy activates the conference call, or you may hear others speaking. Another hearing may be in progress; do not announce your presence until the courtroom deputy takes roll call or your hearing is called.
Due to the unavailability of the courtroom deputy prior to hearings, last minute requests are difficult to accommodate and are discouraged.
If you have problems connecting or the courtroom deputy does not activate the call within 5 minutes after your scheduled hearing time, hang up and call the court at: Portland (503) 326-1500 or Eugene (541) 431-4000.
TELEPHONE HEARING REQUIREMENTS
- You must call in and connect to the telephone hearing line or personally appear in the judge’s courtroom no later than your scheduled hearing time. The court will not call you.
- You may be asked to call again from another phone if your connection is weak or creates static or disruptive noise.
- Please mute your phone when you are not speaking. If you do not have a mute function on your phone, press *6 to mute and *6 again to unmute if you need to speak. Do not put the court on hold if it will result in music or other noise. If available, set the phone to "Do Not Disturb" so it will not ring during the hearing.
- When it is time for you to speak, take your phone off the “speaker” option or headset to minimize background noise and improve sound quality. Position the telephone to minimize paper rustling. Do not use a keyboard or talk with others in the room. Be aware that telephone hearings may be amplified throughout the courtroom.
- Do not announce your presence until the court calls your case. Simply stay on the line, even if there is only silence, until the judge starts the hearings, and then continue to listen quietly until your case is called.
- Whenever speaking, first identify yourself. When the court calls your case, it is helpful if the moving party speaks first to avoid multiple parties speaking at the same time.
- Be on time. The judge may handle late calls the same as a late appearance in the courtroom.