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Court Announcements and News

Noticing Project Update

November 24, 2014

A new link has been added to the Filing Requirements page called "Noticing Requirements." This document has been updated to include Orders Scheduling Pretrial Hearings and Trials to the list of documents that the court intends to continue noticing through the Bankruptcy Noticing Center. The document also notes that the United States Trustee's Office is excluded from the new noticing requirements pursuant to 11 U.S.C. §101(42).

Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, and Fee Amendments Effective 12/1/2014 - Instructional Video Available

November 21, 2014

The Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma have created an instructional video presentation concerning amendments to the rules and forms. The Northern District of Florida thanks the Chief Deputy Clerks of the Oklahoma bankruptcy courts for creating this very effective presentation.

PACER Service Center Scheduled Down Time - 11/29/2014

November 19, 2014

The Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) service's nationwide search capabilities (including the pacer.gov website, PACER Case Locator, and external user e-filing in the Second and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals) will not be available during the hours of 7:00 AM CT and 10:00 AM CT on November 29, 2014.

Bankruptcy Rules, Forms, and Fee Amendments Effective 12/1/2014

November 17, 2014

Please be advised that amendments to the Fed. R. Bankr. P. and several official bankruptcy forms take effect on December 1, 2014. On this same date, two changes will go into effect for the Bankruptcy Miscellaneous Fee Schedule. For debtors' counsel who use petition preparation software, an update to your program may be required. CLICK HERE for more information.

Vacancy Announcement - US Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit - Clerk of Court

October 31, 2014

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit invites applications for the position of Clerk of Court. A letter of application; resume outlining educational background, employment, salary history, and other relevant information; and, a self-edited writing sample of no more than five pages should be submitted by November 28, 2014. CLICK HERE for the announcement.

Update to Proposed Order Guidelines: Clarification Concerning the New Competing Orders Procedure

October 23, 2014

The court recently published an update to the Proposed Order Guidelines document which resulted in several questions from counsel concerning the new "competing order" language. The language has been updated to clarify that this process only applies if there is a dispute that has been discussed between counsel about all or a portion of a proposed order that cannot be resolved by the time the proposed order is to be submitted. The procedure has also been updated to remind counsel to copy opposing counsel with the proposed order and the required letter.

Update of Proposed Orders Procedures re Competing Orders

October 21, 2014

Please review the Proposed Orders Procedures located on the Instructions and Procedures (Chambers) page for information concerning the submission of competing proposed orders.

Mortgage Modification Mediation Program Update re Standing Order No. 20

October 6, 2014

Standing Order No. 20 has been amended to reflect that the Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) Program is available in all cases and for any type of real property. In addition, the list of mediator qualifications been revised. All changes are effective September 22, 2014 and can be viewed here.

New Local Form for Motion for Mortgage Modification Mediation (LF-3)

October 1, 2014

The new Verified Ex Parte Motion for Mortgage Modification Mediation ("MMM"), Local Form 3, is available in fillable format on the Local Forms page for use in all chapters of bankruptcy for debtors who wish to engage in mortgage modification mediation. Please note adherence to the Court's Uniform District-wide Mortgage Modification Mediation Procedures is required.

Amended Standing Order No. 19

October 1, 2014

Standing Order No. 19 has been updated to reflect new rules promulgated by the Office of the United States Trustee concerning the process related to Chapter 13 trustee payments.

Noticing Project

September 22, 2014

Effective January 1, 2015, the Court will institute a policy of attorneys and Trustees serving their orders and hearing notices. This practice is consistent with other federal and state courts. Click here for details.

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.

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.

Bankruptcy Filing Fees to Increase June 1, 2014

May 2, 2014

The Judicial Conference of the United States has approved the follow bankruptcy filing fee increases effective June 1, 2014:

Chapter 7 $335.00
Involuntary Chapter 7 $335.00
Split Joint Case - Ch 7 $335.00

Chapter 9 $1,717.00

Chapter 11 $1,717.00
Involuntary Chapter 11 $1,717.00
Split Joint Case/Ch. 11 $1,717.00

Chapter 12 $275.00
Split Joint Case/Ch.12 $275.00

Chapter 13 $310.00
Split Joint Case/Ch. 13 $310.00

Chapter 15 $1,717.00

Historic Agreement Reached on Uniform Mortgage Modification Mediations in Bankruptcy Cases Filed in Florida

April 24, 2014

On February 27, 2014, a state-wide summit was held in Orlando to discuss uniform procedures to adopt in the respective Mortgage Modification Mediation (MMM) programs operating in Florida’s Northern, Middle, and Southern Districts of the United States Bankruptcy Court. After listening to the positions of the various constituencies, the Bankruptcy Judges in all three districts support the general terms, which shall remain subject to each district’s unique practice and procedures. This is the first time all three federal Bankruptcy Districts in Florida adopted a uniform process or policy.

New Local Form for Chapter 11 Cases Available

April 15, 2014

Local Form 11-6, a Cover Sheet to an Application for Compensation in Chapter 11 cases is now available. Judge Specie requests that this cover sheet be attached to all Applications for Compensation in Chapter 11 cases.

Clear Your Browser Cache to Receive the Latest Content

March 21, 2014

To make sure that all users are seeing the latest version of the content on this website, please clear your browser cache often. To do so in IE go to Tools -> Internet Options -> Delete Button. In newer versions of IE, please make sure to uncheck the "Preserve Favorites website data" when clearing the browser cache. Also, check "Delete browsing history on exit." In other browsers such as Chrome or Firefox, go to the "History" section under the corresponding menu selections and select "Clear Recent History."

New Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation program Begins 6/1/13

May 17, 2013

Minimum Qualifications:

•Chapter 13 debtors only
•Mediation limited to debtor’s primary residence
•Debtor must be able to contribute up to 31% of gross income to modified mortgage payment
•Debtor must pay a $385 mediation fee to the Chapter 13 Trustee before attending mediation

This Court has implemented a program to streamline the process of obtaining a mortgage modification where lenders are required to have a representative with full settlement authority available at the mediation.

Requirement Regarding Voluminous Pleadings - effective 11/22/13

April 17, 2013

If any pleading exceeds 50 pages, including attachments, the filer must supply a full, hardcopy courtesy copy to chambers upon its filing.

Claims Transfer Fee Effective May 1, 2013

April 5, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, the bankruptcy courts will begin charging a new fee of $25 for each claim transferred. This fee was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its September 2012 session. Click here for more information.

 

Automatic Adjustment of Certain Dollar Amounts in the Bankruptcy Code and Official Bankruptcy Forms

March 14, 2013

On April 1, 2013, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective and will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2013. Click here for details.

Bankruptcy Bar Association Pro Bono Initiative

March 11, 2013

Click here to read about the new Pro Bono Initiative established by the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association and the Court in an effort to assist Florida lawyers with the goals set out in Rule 4-6.1 of the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar.

Review Judge Specie's Do's and Don'ts List

November 20, 2012

Judge Specie's Do's and Don'ts List can be reviewed here.

New Proposed Orders Guidelines

October 16, 2012

Please review the new Proposed Orders Guidelines here, which are effective immediately.

Centralized Processing of Returned Bankruptcy Notice Center (BNC) Mail

September 11, 2012

Effective October 15, 2012, the Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) will begin accepting, processing and securely disposing of notices that would otherwise be returned to the bankruptcy courts by the U.S. Postal Service. The service will significantly reduce national postage expenditures. Further information can be reviewed here.

Online Claims Filing Through Court Website

September 6, 2012

Creditors may file an electronic Proof of Claim without logging into, or being required to have a login and password for CM/ECF by clicking here. You will be permitted to attach supporting documentation by selecting the radial button at the bottom of the screen.

Increase in PACER/Electronic Public Access Fee - Effective April 1, 2012

March 27, 2012

As directed by Congress, the Judicial Conference amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule to increase the PACER Internet access fee from eight cents per page to ten cents per page and to raise the waiver from $10 to $15 in a quarterly billing cycle. The change is needed to continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.

RSS Feeds Now Available for the Opinions Search Application

January 10, 2012

There are four RSS Feeds now available at the top of the FLNB Opinions Search page which can be found at the following URL:

http://ecf.flnb.uscourts.gov/opinions

Each feed corresponds to the particular Judge who wrote the opinion.

Reminder: Certificate of Service Requirements

July 11, 2011

The Administrative Procedures for Electronic Filing (Section II, B) requires attorneys filing electronically to serve pleadings electronically to registered participants of the ECF system. For parties who have opted out of electronic service or who are not registered participants, attorneys are required to serve the pleading in accordance with applicable rules. The pleading should include a Certificate of Service reflecting which parties have been served electronically or by other means.

CourtCall Telephonic Appearance Procedures

July 11, 2011


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