Discovery Disputes in Adversary Proceedings - Request for Informal Conference
After personal consultation and a sincere effort to resolve a discovery dispute that cannot be resolved without Court intervention, the parties must promptly call chambers and await further instruction before filing a discovery related motion. Instructions for contacting chambers are set forth on the Judge’s Procedures page of the Arizona Bankruptcy Court website located at www.azb.uscourts.gov. “Personal consultation” means a face-to-face meeting or phone discussion, in addition to emails, voicemails, and texts.
Notes 2018: New LR. Many discovery disputes can be resolved through sincere efforts and discussions by the parties and counsel. Early guidance or intervention from the Court can often help to avoid costly and resource-consuming motion practice regarding discovery disagreements. Accordingly, parties are required to engage in sincere good faith efforts and personal consultation as set forth in the Rules, and if they are unable to resolve the dispute, a telephone call to chambers is appropriate. However, use of this informal procedure does not suspend the time requirements set forth in Rules 7030-7036, FRBP.
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