Calendar Information


Honorable Judge Diane Finkle

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The Bankruptcy Court’s January 18 and February 1, 2023 Motion Calendars to be Held via Zoom Video Platform:  In light of the re-elevation of Providence County and surrounding communities to the High Covid-19 transmission category, the Bankruptcy Court will conduct its January 18 and February 1, 2023 motion calendars virtually via the Zoom.Gov platform, in accordance with GO 20-009.  The Courtroom Deputy will email case participants with the link for these calendars in advance of the hearings, and an instructional document for using the Zoom platform remains posted on the Court’s website calendar page.  Individual training is also available upon request.   

We will continue to monitor transmission levels and will provide further updates to future court calendars, as necessary. 

1.  IN-PERSON COURT PROCEEDINGS:  On July 5, 2022, the Court issued Second Amended General Order 20-009 resuming all in-person court proceedings as of July 27, 2022 unless otherwise ordered.  Details about protocols for such proceedings are specified in the order.  

2.  VIDEO COURT PROCEEDINGS:   When necessary, the Court will continue using ZoomGov for remote hearings.   Court staff will contact the litigants and conduct a practice session if needed prior to any Zoom evidentiary matter being held.  

3.  ZOOM VIDEO ACCESS INSTRUCTIONS:  Instructions for a Zoom session are available here: RIB Attorney Zoom Guide.  An email with the Zoom login information will be sent by the courtroom deputy prior to your hearing.  

4.  ZOOM TRAINING AVAILABLE:   Training on Zoom is available upon request by contacting the Courtroom Deputy, Pamela Ricciarelli at 401-626-3136 or via e-mail at   In addition, the US District Court, through its Virtual Litigation Academy, has produced a 90 minute instruction video on "How to Conduct a Bench Trial via Zoom".  Please check out the 90-minute instructional video here:  The District Court has applied for 1.5 CLE credits (.5 Ethics) for this program. If you would like CLE credit, please email your bar number to Lisa Quartino after watching at

5.  MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA:  Judicial Conference policy generally prohibits the broadcasting of proceedings in federal trial courts. On March 31, 2020, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference, however, approved a temporary exception to the policy to allow a judge to authorize the use of teleconference technology to provide the public and the media audio access to court proceedings while public access to federal courthouses generally, or with respect to a particular district, is restricted due to health and safety concerns during the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic. This authorization will expire upon a finding by the Judicial Conference that the emergency conditions due to the emergency declared by the President with respect to COVID-19 are no longer materially affecting the functioning of the federal courts generally or a particular district.

Live Audio Streaming via YouTube:  In accordance with this temporary change in policy, members of the public and media interested in listening (audio only -- no video available) to court proceedings, may visit the Court's YouTube channel to access a live audio stream of any court proceeding when it is happening (NOTE: recorded versions of court hearings are available on the case docket, and require Pacer access.)  

YouTube Live Streaming Link:

A calendar schedule for the next 30 days is provided below under calendar information.  No special access codes are required - simply click the YouTube streaming link and turn on your speakers.    

Persons accessing live audio streaming of court proceedings are reminded of the general prohibition against photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings. 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.

5.  CALENDAR INFORMATON:  The Court's hearing calendars for Bankruptcy Judge Diane Finkle, and other designated judges hearing RI cases, are presented in two different versions. 

  • The "current"  (clean) version shows only matters currently scheduled for hearing as of the date/time of the report; and

  • a second "w/ vacated" version includes matters marked in red that have been removed from the original calendar and are provided on the list for informational purposes. 

  • If a matter appears on the current calendar, or is not marked in red on the w/vacated calendar, counsel are expected to appear at the designated time.  Requests for continuance of matters set for hearing must comply with LBR  5071-1.

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