MNB seal United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Minnesota
Clerk's Offices
Duluth Fergus Falls
Minneapolis St. Paul
 
 

Judges

Seminar Disclosure

Parties in interest, attorneys and other professionals MUST NOT communicate in person, by phone or by e-mail with the bankruptcy judge concerning bankruptcy cases or proceedings, unless expressly authorized to do so. See Fed. R. Bankr. Proc. 9003(a). Parties or attorneys seeking relief from the court must obtain a hearing date and time from the calendar clerk for the judge assigned to the case, and file a Notice of Hearing (setting forth the date and time of the hearing provided by the calendar clerk) and a written Motion specifying the relief sought. Local Rules 9013-1 - 9013-3 and Local Form 9013-2 govern motion practice and are available on the Court's website, www.mnb.uscourts.gov, under Rules and Forms.

General Calendaring Instructions

The bankruptcy court is using a new electronic calendar program called CHambers Automation Program (CHAP) that extracts the calendar data directly from the CM/ECF database. As of August 19, 2013, the CHAP system will be "locked down." This means that you will no longer be able to type in a hearing date and time in CM/ECF; rather, you will need to select the hearing reserved for your matter from the list of hearings that appears in a drop-down box.

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Once the calendar clerk has provided a hearing date and time, that assigned date and time will appear in the drop-down box when e-filing your documents, and it will indicate that the hearing time is reserved for the requesting attorney. If you are setting a hearing for such things as Chapter 13 hearings or self-calendared relief from stay motions that do not require you to obtain a specific date in advance of filing the documents, you will see a general description of the type of matter that can be set for the date and time selected. After selecting the chosen hearing date, the information will populate to the judge's court calendar automatically. Please note that not all judges allow self-calendaring, so please consult the Court's website for further instruction.

This new program will result in fewer miscalendared hearing entries, fewer typographical errors, and will provide a more accurate "real time" calendar display for the judges. If you experience problems while e-filing your documents and are unable to see the hearing date in the drop-down menu, please contact the calendar clerk for the appropriate Judge for further instruction. The calendar clerks for each of the Minnesota bankruptcy judges are as follows:

Judge Calendar Clerk Phone Email
Judge Gregory F. Kishel Jamie Smith 651-848-1061 Jamie_Smith@mnb.uscourts.gov
Judge Robert J. Kressel Lynn Hennen 612-664-5250 Lynn_Hennen@mnb.uscourts.gov
Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg Carrie Nordstrom 612-664-5251 Carrie_Nordstrom@mnb.uscourts.gov
Judge Michael E. Ridgway Karen Krouch 612-664-5261 Karen_Krouch@mnb.uscourts.gov
Judge Katherine A. Constantine Nancy Brill 651-848-1051 Nancy_Brill@mnb.uscourts.gov
For cases filed within the Duluth office:
Judge Gregory F. Kishel Anita Miller 218-529-3601 Anita_Miller@mnb.uscourts.gov
Judge Robert J. Kressel Anita Miller 218-529-3601 Anita_Miller@mnb.uscourts.gov

Thank you for your patience while we transition to this new calendar system.

Judges' Chambers and Guidelines

Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel

238 Warren E. Burger Federal Building
U.S. Courthouse
316 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-848-1060

Calendar Clerk: 651-848-1061
Notice Re: Calendar of Chief Judge Gregory F. Kishel for Matters Venued in Fifth Division at Duluth, MN

Judge Kathleen H. Sanberg                    

United States Bankruptcy Court
8W U.S. Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-664-5280

Calendar Clerk: 612-664-5251

Procedures for scheduling motions for relief from stay before Judge Sanberg:

Motions for relief from stay in cases assigned to Judge Sanberg will be heard at 1:30 p.m. in Courtroom 8 West. Attorneys may self-calendar lift stay motions by choosing any Thursday that is not a federal holiday and including that date in the notice of motion and motion. Attorneys need not contact a calendar clerk to schedule lift stay motions.
For more information, please contact Carrie Nordstrom at 612-664-5251

Judge Michael E. Ridgway

United States Bankruptcy Court
7W U.S. Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-664-5260

Calendar Clerk: 612-664-5261

Procedure for scheduling motions for relief from stay before Judge Ridgway:

Motions for relief from stay in MINNEAPOLIS cases assigned to Judge Ridgway will be heard at 2:30 p.m. in Courtroom 7 West. Attorneys may self-calendar lift stay motions by choosing any Thursday which is not a federal holiday and including that date in the notice of motion and motion. Attorneys need not contact a calendar clerk to schedule lift stay motions.

FERGUS FALLS cases with relief from stay motions must be set on a date Judge Ridgway will be in Fergus Falls. Please contact Karen Krouch, Calendar Clerk, to obtain the next available date and time.

Judge Katherine A. Constantine

206 Warren E. Burger Federal Building
U.S. Courthouse
316 North Robert Street
St. Paul, MN 55101

Phone: 651-848-1050

Calendar Clerk: 651-848-1051
 

Judge Robert J. Kressel                    

United States Bankruptcy Court
8W U.S. Courthouse
300 South Fourth Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Phone: 612-664-5250

Calendar Clerk: 612-664-5250
Order Preparation Guidelines for Judge Kressel

Procedures for scheduling motions for relief from stay before Judge Kressel:

Motions for relief from stay in cases assigned to Judge Kressel will be heard at 2:00 pm in Courtroom 8 West. Attorneys may self-calendar lift stay motions by choosing any Thursday which is not a federal holiday and including that date in the notice of motion and motion. Attorneys need not contact a calendar clerk to schedule lift stay motions.


 

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