Procedure for Contested Matters Before Judge Kaplan **UPDATED ZOOM INVITATION LINK**


All contested matters on Judge Kaplan’s calendar (generally held at 2:00 PM) will now be held via Zoom. The hearing invitation, listed below, will remain the same for each calendar.  Please review the instructions below the invitation for more information.


Chambers of Judge Kaplan
Topic: Contested Chapter 13 Matters
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 160 546 2580
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Instructions regarding Zoom hearings:

PLEASE NOTE that afternoon holdover matters (generally held at 2:00pm), will be conducted remotely via Zoom (see below). Counsel and Parties are further advised to consult the chapter 13 trustee’s website ( regarding disposition of their case and the need for an appearance.

Hearing Recording Prohibited: Any recording of a court proceeding held in-person, by video, teleconference or Zoom, including “screen-shots” or other audio or visual copying of a hearing, is prohibited.  Violation of these prohibitions may result in sanctions, including removal of court-issued media credentials, restricted entry to future hearings, denial of entry to future hearings, or any other sanctions deemed necessary by the Court.

Zoom Appearances:   The Court will hear contested chapter 13 matters via Zoom during the 2:00pm afternoon calendar. No prior registration is needed to appear via Zoom. PLEASE REVIEW THE ZOOM APPEARANCE GUIDELINES BELOW. Failure to adhere to these guidelines and an appropriate standard of conduct may result in denial of participation in the Zoom proceeding.

Zoom is a free video conferencing platform that a party may download and become familiar with prior to the hearing. Information for Zoom may be found at and Please ensure that your computer/device settings allow for video and microphone access so that the Judge may hear and see you. To appear via Zoom parties may click on the Zoom link in the invitation or use a telephone to dial-in using the above dial-in information. Once connected to Zoom the party will enter the virtual Zoom Courtroom.

Courtroom behavior.   Although held remotely, a Zoom hearing or trial is a judicial proceeding and therefore the formalities of a courtroom must be observed. Parties are expected to conduct themselves in the same way that they would if they were in person in the courtroom. This includes appropriate formality and attire.

“Public Proceedings.”  Please be reminded that the Zoom proceeding is a “public proceeding” and the Zoom connection information is publicly available on the Court’s website. Thus, any party interested may “listen in” to the Zoom proceeding. Parties who “listen in” must have their cameras off and their microphones muted at all times. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in removal from the Zoom proceeding.

Video/audio.  All video and audio will be off upon entry into the meeting. The Court requests that each party remain muted with camera off until such time as his/her matter is called or until the Court directs otherwise. The Court prefers that parties appear with their video on; however, video is not mandatory. If necessary, parties may appear without video and/or may appear telephonically by dialing into the Zoom using the dial-in information above.

Speaking and Questions.  Each time you speak, identify yourself for the record. Remember to speak slowly and distinctly. Do not interrupt others. As stated above, please remain muted until your case is called or directed otherwise by the Court. Should you have a question during the Zoom proceeding you may direct that question in the “Chat” or “raise your hand” by clicking the hand raise button. Questions may also be submitted via email to Chief Judge Kaplan’s Chambers at If you are participating telephonically, please wait for a pause in conversation before identifying yourself to ask a question.

Participate from a quiet place with reliable reception.  Do not use a speaker phone or call/log in from a public place. Disruptions or background noise may cause the Judge to mute you or terminate your participation.

Technical Problems.  If you are having trouble with the video or audio or other technical difficulties, please let the Court know as soon as possible. Though glitches are expected, they do not always occur on the Court’s end, so we will not necessarily know if you are experiencing problems until you tell us. To report these problems you may use the “chat” feature, the “raise hand” feature, email Chambers at, or call Chambers at (609) 858-9360.