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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
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Court Announcements and News

Judicial Conference Authorizes Fee Change for PACER Users

December 6, 2019

The Judicial Conference of the United States Courts has amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule for the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Effective 1/1/2020, PACER users will not be charged a fee for usage that does not exceed $30 in a given quarterly billing cycle. This change will be reflected in your quarterly bills beginning in April 2020.

Administrative Order 19-002 Signed re Closure of Hope Loan MMM Document Portal

November 27, 2019

Chief Judge Specie has signed Administrative Order 19-002. This order recognizes the closure of the Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) program approved portal operated by Hope Loan Group, LLC.  The Hope Loan Portal (HLP) is no longer approved for MMM effective 12/30/2019.

Administrative Procedures Associated with Standing Order No. 11 Updated in re new Bankruptcy Rule 9037(h)

November 27, 2019

The Administrative Procedures for Filing, Signing, and Verifying Pleadings and Papers by Electronic Means authorized by Standing Order No. 11 have been updated at Section III.D.4. This update concerns the redaction of previously filed documents and reflects instructional language found in Bankruptcy Rule 9037(h), effective 12/1/2019.

Administrative Order Signed Adopting Interim Local Rule 9037-1

November 27, 2019

Administrative Order No. 19-001 was signed by Chief Judge Karen K. Specie today. This order conforms Local Rule 9037-1 to new Bankruptcy Rule 9037(h) concerning the redaction of previously filed documents. Bankruptcy Rule 9037(h) is effective December 1, 2019.

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.

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