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Judge Singleton FAQs
Parties requesting continuances must follow N.D. Ind. L.B.R. B-5071-1. A key point to remember is, “A request to continue, reschedule, postpone or cancel any matter scheduled before the court shall be made by motion, demonstrating good cause, or by stipulation of all parties involved.” Id. at § (a).
Motions “should be accompanied by a proposed form of order.” N.D. Ind. L.B.R. B-9013-1.
Motions requesting emergency hearings must have “emergency” written in the title. In addition, the motion must:
- Explain why an emergency hearing is necessary;
- Show efforts made to call and email the opposition; and
- Include the opposition’s response.
Yes. In certain instances, the Court will allow counsel or parties to attend proceedings by telephone upon request of the parties, if not already scheduled as a telephonic proceeding. Like requests made for video conferences, a notice must be filed at least twenty-four (24) hours before the hearing, and show good cause why you will appear telephonically.
The trustee, debtor, and/or creditor(s) agree to the chapter 13 plan and/or have resolved a disputed issue. When should our agreement be filed?
Beginning January 1, 2022, all confirmations or agreements to remove cases from the calendar must be filed twenty-four (24) hours before the hearing date.
Chambers copies are required for first day motions in chapter 11 cases. They must be provided in a binder, tabbed, divided, and indexed.
For trials and contested matters, parties must have six (6) copies of exhibits. Plaintiff(s) must number their exhibits, and defendant(s) must use letters. If the trustee appears and the trustee is not a plaintiff or defendant, the trustee must use numbers beginning with 100.
If there is a contested matter as part of the main bankruptcy case, the debtor(s) must use numbers, and the creditor(s) must use letters. If the trustee appears, the trustee must use numbers beginning with 100.
Judge Singleton's courtroom is located on the second floor in room 201 and is equipped with the following technology:
- Video Conferencing
- Document Camera
- 17" flat panel video displays
- Technology ready counsel tables
- Assisted listening devices
Yes. Please contact the judicial assistant at (574) 968-2280.
All proceedings held in Judge Singleton’s courtroom are electronically recorded by an FTR Gold Program. Contact the judicial assistant at (574) 968-2280 for further information and details about ordering a transcript of a recording of a court proceeding.
Generally, the Court will use the lodestar method to determine if the requested fees are appropriate. The lodestar method multiplies the number of hours spent on a task by an attorney's hourly rate. Florin v. Nationsbank of Georgia, N.A., 34 F.3d 560, 562, fn. 3. (7th Cir. 1994).
Common reasons the Court may deny requests for payment include:
- Requests for payments that are not legal services;
- Entries that lack adequate detail;
- Tasks that involve multiple attorneys without explaining why multiple attorneys were needed;
- Requests for reimbursement for clerical tasks; and
- Lumping of services.