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Court Announcements and News

Hurricane Michael - Administrative Orders Entered

October 19, 2018

The following additional administrative orders were entered by Chief Judge Specie in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Please click the links below to review the orders:
 - 18-006 Extension of Deadlines and Bar Dates in Tallahassee Division
 - 18-007 Chapter 13 Plan Payments, Tallahassee Division Cases

Reappointment of US Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa, Catherine Peek McEwen

October 19, 2018

The current 14-year term of The Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen is due to expire on August 21, 2019. The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit is considering whether to reappoint Judge McEwen to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals concerning Judge McEwen's reappointment. CLICK HERE for more information on submitting comments.

Hurricane Michael - Administrative Orders Entered

October 15, 2018

The following five administrative orders were entered by Chief Judge Specie in the wake of Hurricane Michael. Please click the links below to review each order:
 - 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

Magistrate Judgeship Position - Western District of Pennsylvania - Pittsburgh

September 26, 2018

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States Magistrate Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania at Pittsburgh. CLICK HERE for more information and to apply.

Proposed Rule Amendments for Public Comment

August 15, 2018

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Evidence Rules have proposed amendments to these rules. Proposed amendments, the advisory committees' reports explaining the proposed changes, and instructions on how to submit comments are available at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/proposed-amendments-published-public-comment. The public comment period closes on February 15, 2019.

ChapMobile App is Now Available

August 3, 2018

We are pleased to announce that the public calendar for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida is now available via the CHAP Public Mobile Calendar ("ChapMobile") application. ChapMobile gives attorneys and trustees the ability to view upcoming hearing and 341 meeting schedules anytime, anywhere.

U.S. Courts Look-a-Like Domain Used in Ransomware Phishing Campaign

July 5, 2018

Cybercriminals have registered a U.S. Courts look-alike domain, uscourtsgov.com. The domain is hosted on a Russian server and includes email authentication, which makes it more likely that the emails will get delivered. The domain includes 80 subdomains and is involved in an active phishing campaign that delivers ransomware (see the appendix for complete list of subdomains). The domain was registered in April and the phishing campaign began as early as May.

Bug Reported in Latest Version of Microsoft Edge

May 30, 2018

A bug in the latest version of the Microsoft Edge browser (released 4/30/18) has a compatibility issue with CM/ECF. This browser will add extra characters to select or option input fields causing things like bad or erroneous text in docket text and reports. It has also been reported that MS Edge users may be getting invalid data returned from PACER. Please do not use this latest version of the Edge browser until Microsoft resolves this issue.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Proposed Orders and Orders Granting Stay Relief

February 21, 2018

Proposed Orders - continue to take up an inordinate amount of time. For that reason, Chambers will no longer modify proposed orders that are incorrect. Rather, incorrect proposed orders will be sent back to the preparer. If, after three tries, a proposed order is not in appropriate form, the corresponding motion or application will be denied without prejudice.

2017 Professional Fees Report Available for Review

February 6, 2018

Pursuant to FRBP 2013, the 2017 Professional Fees Report is available for review on the Court Resources page or by CLICKING HERE.

Revision to the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List

December 15, 2017

Effective 12/15/17 the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List has been revised to reflect the following: 1) all chapters: 30-day noticing period for objection to claims, and 2) Motion for Final Decree for Chapter 11 Cases. Filers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the updated content of FLNB's Permissive Use of Negative Notice List which includes motions permitted to be filed on Negative Notice for Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13.

2017 Paralegal and Legal Assistant Seminar Presentations and Transcripts

October 24, 2017

The Clerk's Office for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida hosted a training seminar for paralegals and legal assistants on October 20, 2017. You may view the presentations and transcripts from the training HERE.

Update to Census Bureau's Median Family Income Data

October 20, 2017

The Census Bureau's Median Family Income Data accessible through the U.S. Department of Justice Means Testing Information page has been updated. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to all cases filed on or after November 1, 2017. CLICK HERE to read the full article.

Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel--All Concern Encouraged Provided by the Federal Bar Association

October 27, 2016

The Federal Bar Association is providing a new benefit to our members through a program called "SOLACE." SOLACE stands for "Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel--All Concern Encouraged." SOLACE provides a way for the FBA legal community to reach out in small, but meaningful and compassionate ways, to FBA members and those related to them in the legal community who experience a death, or some catastrophic event, illness, injury, or other personal crisis. More information can be found at: Solace Web page.

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.

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:


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.

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