Judge Daniel P. Collins

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Presides in Phoenix Courtroom 603

1. Compliance with Local Rules
2. Communications with the Court
    2.1 Fax and E-Mail
    2.2 Inquiries Regarding Status of Uploaded Orders
    2.3 Obtaining Hearing Dates 2.3.1 Information to schedule a hearing in Prescott/Flagstaff, AZ
        2.3.1 Information to schedule a hearing in Prescott/Flagstaff, AZ
        2.3.2 Procedure to obtain expedited hearing
    2.4 Continuances and Resolution of Matters Set for Hearing
    2.5 Telephonic Appearances 2.5.1 Policy
        2.5.1 Policy
        2.5.2 Scheduling a telephonic appearance
3. Chapter 11 Cases 3.1 Chapter 11 Status Hearing
    3.1 Chapter 11 Status Hearing
    3.2 Order Approving Disclosure Statement and Setting Initial Confirmation Hearing
4. Bar Date/Negative Notice
5. Exhibit Procedures
6. Adversary Proceedings – Initial Scheduling Conference
7. Motions for Relief from Stay 7.1 Guidelines for Stay Relief Motions
    7.1 Guidelines for Stay Relief Motions
    7.2 Preliminary Hearings - Obtaining Hearing Dates and Providing Notice of Hearing
    7.3 Form of Order and Waiver of 14 day stay of Rule 4001(a)(3) 7.3.1 Uncontested Stay Relief Motions
        7.3.1 Uncontested Stay Relief Motions
        7.3.2 Contested Stay Relief Motions
8. 2004 Examinations and Requests for Production of Documents
9. Discovery Disputes
10. Motion to Reinstate Bankruptcy
11. Application for Fees and Costs
12. Prescott\Flagstaff Hearings
13. Forms and Files for Download


Counsel are expected to comply with all applicable local rules, Bankruptcy Rules and the Bankruptcy Code.


2.1 Fax and E-Mail

Where time is short, the Court will receive chambers copies of filings and permissible ex-parte communications by fax, (602) 682-4229, or by e-mail: dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov

The Court does not accept documents for filing documents sent directly to chambers via either fax or e-mail. All original documents to be filed with the Court must be filed with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court through the ECF system before the time of the hearing. The privilege to fax or e-mail chambers should not be abused. Counsel should allow themselves sufficient time to submit documents through the normal process, and all faxes and e-mails should be received no later than 4:00 p.m. of the day prior to the hearing.

2.2 Inquiries Regarding Status of Uploaded Orders

Please allow 10 days to pass before inquiring into the status of the uploaded order.

Except in the case of an emergency, inquiries regarding the entry of pleadings and orders on the docket should be directed to the Bankruptcy Court Clerk’s Office at (602) 682-4000. In an emergency, parties may inquire of chambers staff whether an order has been signed. Calls regarding hearings should be directed to Courtroom Deputy Rhonda Vaughan at (602) 682-4228. Calls regardihng submitted Orders should be directed to Denine Downs, Judicial Assistant at (602) 682-4224.

2.3 Obtaining Hearing Dates

Upon the filing of a motion/application in an ECF case counsel may contact Courtroom Deputy Rhonda Vaughan at:  dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov to obtain a hearing date, the request for hearing must be accompanied with a copy of the "ECF Filing Receipt." When counsel notices the hearing a copy of the hearing notice or filing receipt must be provided to the Courtroom Deputy for review to insure the date and time is correct.

Hearing Dates for Chapter 13 Trustee's Motions for Status Hearings: CHS Hearing Dates Look-up

2.3.1 Prescott/Flagstaff Hearing Dates

More information regarding how to schedule a hearing in Prescott or Flagstaff, AZ can be found here.

2.3.2 Procedure to Obtain an Expedited Hearing

Any party requesting an expedited hearing is expected to comply fully with all applicable requirements of the Bankruptcy Code, Bankruptcy Rules and the Local Rules before an expedited or accelerated hearing will be set by the Court.

2.4 Continuances and Resolution of Matters Set for Hearing

When agreed to by opposing counsel, continuances may generally be obtained by email at dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov or telephone request to the Courtroom Deputy Rhonda Vaughan at (602) 682-4228. When a continuance is obtained, the party requesting it shall lodge, as soon as practicable, either an order granting the continuance or a stipulation signed by the parties. The party requesting the continuance has the obligation of notifying  opposing counsel or party. Failure to do so may result in sanctions in the appropriate circumstances. If moving counsel/party does not agree a Motion and Order to Vacate and Continue should be filed, do not assume the hearing has been vacated based upon the filing of the Motion.

If the Debtor is unrepresented, counsel for movant must make every effort to advise Debtor of the continued hearing date, either by telephone or email at least 2 days prior to the hearing.

Parties should notify the Court promptly by email at dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov when a matter has been resolved so that the hearing may be taken off the Court’s calendar.

2.5 Telephonic Appearances

2.5.1 Policy

A telephonic appearance is to be made only in emergency situations and for out of town/state counsel. Telephonic appearances are not allowed in the following situations:

Trials and Evidentiary Hearings (all counsel and all witnesses must appear in person unless the Court has expressly approved telephonic appearances).

2.5.2 Scheduling a Telephonic Appearance

Judge Collins does not grant telephonic appearances unless counsel is out of town or lives out of state. In the event there is an emergency and counsel is unable to attend a telephone appearance may be arranged by contacting Judge Collins' Courtroom Deputy, Rhonda Vaughan, at (602) 682-4228 or by e-mail dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov. Individuals making use of the telephonic service are cautioned that they do so at their own risk.

The Courtroom Deputy will need:

Court date and time

Case name and number

Name of person requesting to appear by telephone

 It is counsel’s responsibility to initiate the call at the time of scheduled hearing by calling the conference line at (877)873-8018 Access Code: 7217155


3.1 Chapter 11 Status Hearing

Judge Collins has implemented a new Order Setting Status Hearing on Chapter 11 Filings. It is very important to read this order. Failing to file a report and notice as Ordered can result in your case being dismissed. Download the order here:

Chapter 11 Status Hearing Order

3.2 Order Approving Disclosure Statement and Setting Initial Confirmation Hearing

See the downloadable - E-Mail the Courtroom Deputy for a date and time.


  • 363 sales other than real property (and other than pursuant to Code §363(h);
  • approvals of compromises and settlements pursuant to Bank Rule 9019;
  • Debtor’s objection to claims - all chapters
  • chapter 11 order and notice setting claims bar date
  • objections to exemptions claimed by debtor
  • motion to compel turnover

The party using the negative notice/bar date procedure must give detailed notice of the proposed motion or application and clearly state the requirement to respond within the time allowed. The moving party must mail the notice to all creditors and parties in interest. Upon expiration of the time stated, plus an additional three days for mailing, provided there are no objections filed, the moving party may file a certificate of service and of no objection and lodge an appropriate order granting the relief requested. The lodged order should conform to the relief requested in the motion or application. If an objection to the motion or application is filed, the movant is responsible for requesting a hearing from the court, and upon receiving a hearing date, shall give notice to all interested parties of the hearing and file a certificate of mailing.

In the alternative, and particularly if an objection is anticipated, a hearing date may be obtained for any such motion or application by sending an e-mail with the "ECF Filing Receipt" attached to Rhonda Vaughan at dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov


Implementation of mandatory use of electronic exhibits in the court of Honorable Daniel P. Collins.

Plaintiff’s exhibits should be identified by numbers; Defendant’s exhibits should be identified by alphabet. Please provide the Courtroom Deputy with an Exhibit List prior to the start of trial

At trial the Court will not consider any exhibits that have been stipulated to unless referenced and discussed during the trial proceedings.

Beginning January 1, 2013, all exhibits presented at trials or evidentiary hearings before Judge Collins are to be presented electronically. Unless otherwise authorized by the Court. This does not apply to pro se parties.

Counsel should meet and confer as to how best to combine all exhibits on the same flash drive. At the time of trial/evidentiary hearing counsel should provide to the Court 2 (two) thumbdrive/flashdrives that contain the exhibits of both parties one (1) week prior to the trial/evidentiary hearing.  One flashdrive  will be retained by the Clerk as part of the official court record; the other will be used by Judge Collins. Counsel should meet and confer as to how to make this happen. Counsel and/or parties who present electronic exhibits, are to contact Rhonda Vaughan at 602- 682-4228 or Rhonda_Vaughan@azb.uscourts.gov prior to the trial to schedule a time for testing if needed.

Those electronic exhibits in the custody of the Clerk and maintained as the official court record will be the exhibits that are presented to the Bankruptcy Court in the case, unless otherwise ordered. The Clerk of Court shall maintain control of the electronic exhibits until the matter is finally concluded, or the time for appeal has run, unless otherwise ordered to be released by the court. The exhibits shall be stored in the same electronic format that the electronic exhibits were provided.

The parties shall be responsible for presentation of the evidence, including operating any computer program, the document camera, or any video device. This may be done by the lawyer presenting the evidence or by another person providing assistance. The Courtroom Deputy will not assist the parties during the trial or hearing in the actual presentation of evidence.

Please refer to Local Rule 5005-1 regarding the disposal of exhibits following the final disposition of the case.


Once an Answer is filed to an adversary complaint, the plaintiff should advise the Courtroom Deputy who will enter an Order setting the Rule 16 (b) Scheduling Conference. Counsel are expected to comply with FRBP 7026(a) and (f) prior to the time of the initial Scheduling Conference set pursuant to FRBP 7016(b).


7.1 Guidelines for Stay Relief Motions

In light of the recent Panel decision(s) of In re Veal --- 450 B.R. 897 (9th Cir. BAP, June 10, 2011), In re Sardana and In re Matson the Court adopts the following procedures for hearings on relief from the automatic stay for real property. A party seeking stay relief in order to enforce a secured obligation against real property has the burden of making a colorable showing that it has standing to enforce the note and deed of trust or mortgage. To meet this burden, Movant must provide evidence, in the form of assignments, endorsements or otherwise, demonstrating that it is a person entitled to enforce the note under the Uniform Commercial Code as well as a complete chain of title of the beneficial interest under the deed of trust or mortgage. Such evidence shall either be self authenticated under FRE 902 or accompanied by a declaration of a person with knowledge authenticating each document in a form sufficient under FRE 901. If the Movant is proceeding as a servicer or agent, evidence of the servicing or agency agreement must be provided, authenticated as indicated above. Absent compliance with the requirements set out in Veal, Sardana and Matson, an unopposed motion seeking relief will be denied, any hearing on a stay relief motion will be vacated and the motion may be dismissed without prejudice to the movant’s ability to file a new motion upon payment of a new filing fee. Any objection to standing must be made with particularity. If an objection to standing is made without an adequate basis in law or fact, the party making the objection may be subject to sanctions.

7.2 Preliminary Hearings – Obtaining Hearing Dates and Providing Notice of Hearing

To obtain a hearing date for the Preliminary Hearing a.Select a hearing date and time using the CHS Hearing Date Look-Up (link below) CHS Hearing Dates Lookup Movant's counsel may schedule a preliminary hearing on the Motion (after Notice and after an objection/opposition) is filed on one of the dates and times listed below provided that seven (7) days' notice of such hearing must be provided to debtor, debtor's counsel, any other respondents, and all other persons entitled to notice under applicable rules and procedures, and their counsel. The Court’s procedures for Stay Relief motions are contained in the “Order In Re: Procedures in Stay Relief Matters.” The form of notice to be sent is in “fillable” PDF format. A copy of the Procedures Order must be attached to the Notice for notice to be effective. A copy of the ECF receipt for the Notice MUST be emailed to mail to: dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov at least 7 days prior to the hearing in order for the matter to be properly calendared. Failure to email the receipt will result in the hearing having to be continued to a later date and time and renoticed.

7.3 Form of Order and Waiver of 14 Day Stay of Rule 4001(a)(3)

Do not include language in submitted orders purporting to make the order binding in future cases, granting in rem relief, or barring future filings under Section 109(g), unless the Court has specifically granted such relief at a hearing.

7.3.1 Uncontested Stay Relief Motions

In uncontested stay relief motions where an order is submitted with certificate of no objection, the court will not routinely waive the 14 day stay of Rule 4001(a)(3) and will strike language to that effect contained in a submitted order. If the movant believes such relief is appropriate, a separate affidavit specifically supporting the relief must be submitted with the order. “Boilerplate" statements will be disfavored.

7.3.2 Contested Stay Relief Motions

In contested stay relief motions, the court will waive the stay in a stipulated order or in other circumstances where specific facts have been presented justifying the relief.


Motions for 2004 examination is to include the following language: “on a date and time agreeable to the parties or, if upon notice, after not less than 10 days' notice.” 2004 examination with request for production of documents: examination is to be scheduled on a date and time agreeable to the parties or, if upon notice, after not less than 21 days' notice and the request for production of documents is to be scheduled on a date and time agreeable to the parties or, if upon notice, after not less than 14 days' notice.” Request for production of documents: on a date and time agreeable to the parties or, if upon notice, after not less than 14 days' notice.


The Court refers counsel to local rule 9013-1 motion practice as it relates to discovery disputes. The Court advises should a discovery dispute arise counsel  should engage in a meaningful effort to resolve the dispute. Failing which counsel should contact the courtroom deputy who will then schedule a telephonic conference with the Court.


Parties seeking to reinstate their bankruptcy must show “cause” why their case should be reinstated.


Fee Applications are to comply with the United States Trustee’s Guidelines.

Fee Applications are to be noticed by bar date. If no objections are filed a certificate of service should be filed and an Order Approving the Application should be uploaded. If an objection is anticipated you can e-mail or call the Courtroom Deputy for a hearing date and time. dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov

A Fee Application must contain one of the following: (1) a statement by counsel indicating the client has reviewed and approved the fee application, (2) a separate declaration by counsel indicating that counsel has spoken with client and that the client has no opposition to the fee application, or (3) a client signature indicating client has reviewed and approved the fee application.  


Beginning on November 25, 2013, Judge Daniel P. Collins will be presiding over the Prescott and Flagstaff calendars. You may contact the Courtroom Deputy Rhonda Vaughan for specific information on requesting/setting hearings, telephonic hearings, or video conference appearance.

Hearing dates for Prescott and Flagstaff are provided for short hearings of 15 minutes or less. If parties require oral argument, evidence to be presented, or any matter that will take a substantial amount of time the parties should contact courtroom deputy, Rhonda Vaughan at dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov or call (602) 682-4228.(Please note that any mail for Prescott or Flagstaff should be sent to the Phoenix office at 230 N. First Ave, Suite 101, Phoenix, AZ 85003)

Parties may use the hearing dates provided below to set their Prescott/Flagstaff case matter for hearing.

Location: AWD Building, 123 N. San Francisco, Courtroom 1, Flagstaff, Az.


      OCTOBER 19, 2018

                NOVEMBER 16, 2018

                DECEMBER 14, 2018

Reaffirmation Agreements at 9:30 a.m.

Chapter 13 hearings at 10:00 a.m.

Miscellaneous matters at 11: 00 a.m., to include U.S. Trustee's Motions

Northern Arizona Telephonic and Video Information

Parties may appear by video conference by going to the Phoenix Courthouse, 6th  Floor Courtroom. The call in phone number for Northern Arizona will be is 877-873-8018 Access Code: 7217155.  Parties wishing to appear telephonically should contact Rhonda Vaughan at  to: dpcecfhearing@azb.uscourts.gov or at (602) 682-4228, to provide the case name, and the name of the person who will be appearing by phone.

The telephonic hearings for the northern Arizona calendar will be closely monitored. Anyone interupting the proceedings with any background noise will be disconnected immediately and will not be permitted to appear telephonically in the future. Please DO NOT place the call on speaker phone unless you are able to mute your phone. Once your hearing is called, unmute your phone and take the court off speaker. Being on speaker phone causes issues with the telephonic calls which could result in your call being disconnected. Also, DO NOT place the call on hold. This will cause the immediate termination of the call. There is also concern regarding the use of cell phones and the impact on the quality of the call. Therefore, if at all possible, please call in on a land line.