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U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida
Chief Judge: Karen K. Specie
Clerk of Court: Traci E. Abrams
“Our Mission: To administer justice fairly while providing excellent assistance to those we serve."  

Court Announcements and News

Training Available to Court Staff and Legal Practitioners Sponsored by the ABJA

August 19, 2014

The Association of Bankruptcy Judicial Assistants (ABJA) Continuing Education Committee has developed a Certified Bankruptcy Assistant (CBA) Program for secretaries, Clerk's Office staff, paralegals, and others in the legal profession to become certified as bankruptcy assistants. In addition, two Professional Skills Seminars are being offered. The training events will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Please see the linked flyers. ABJA is a national nonprofit organization.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment - August 2014

August 15, 2014

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the judiciary’s website HERE. The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.

Gainesville Hearing Rescheduled (10/2/2014)

July 29, 2014

The Gainesville hearing for 10/2/2014 has been rescheduled to 9/30/2014 (Video Conference).

Credit Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) Financial Literacy Conference (Dallas, TX September 11-13, 2014)

July 8, 2014

CARE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community outreach program of the American Bankruptcy Institute that promotes the education of young adults on the responsible use of credit and the potential consequences of poor money management and credit abuse. The inaugural CARE Financial Literacy Conference will be held in Dallas and offers financial literacy training as well as CLE/CPE credit. Visit the CARE Conference Website for more information.

No Ex Parte Communications

June 20, 2014

Judge Specie shall not engage in ex parte communication of any kind. Bankruptcy Rule 9003 states: "any party in interest, and any attorney, accountant, or employee of a party in interest shall refrain from ex parte meetings and communications with the court concerning matters affecting a particular case or proceeding." Failure to comply with this rule may result in sanctions.


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