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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

Application to Waive Ch. 7 Filing Fee: New Order and Notice of Hearing Process

November 19, 2019

The Court is now issuing a new Order and Notice of Hearing on Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived. This order sets a negative notice deadline of fourteen (14) days after the first date set for the §341(a) Meeting of Creditors (not the date the meeting is actually held in the event of a re-scheduled or continued Meeting). If a timely response in opposition is filed, a hearing will be held on the date specified in the Order, if applicable, or may be scheduled by separate notice.

Court Holiday Schedule

November 5, 2019

The court will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:

• Thursday, November 28, 2019
• Friday, November 29, 2019
• Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

CLICK HERE to review the Court's After Hour Emergencies and Court Closure Filings instructional page. Be sure to contact the Clerk's Office prior to the days when the court will be closed if you have any questions about these instructions.

Hurricane Dorian Update

August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is projected to make landfall on the east coast of Florida. The exact point of landfall is not yet known, and neither is the direction that the hurricane will take after landfall. Currently, the court is scheduled to be open during normal business hours. The court will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. This announcement will be updated as more information about Hurricane Dorian is received.

Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

August 19, 2019

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The comment period ends February 19, 2020. CLICK HERE for more information. Once all approvals are in place, the target effective date for the proposed rules is December 1, 2021.

All Administrative Orders Regarding Hurricane Michael

October 29, 2018

The following administrative orders have been entered by Chief Judge Specie in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Please click the links below to review the orders:
 - 18-001 Emergency Grants, Loans, Insurance Payments, and Other Assistance
 - 18-002 Inaccessibility to Electronic Filing (CM/ECF) and Paper Filing Capabilities
 - 18-003 Chapter 13 Plan Payments


Daily docket

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