Reappointment of Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham
December 16, 2014
The current four-year term of Kevin L. Butler, Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham, expires 16 October 2015. In accordance with regulations of the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit governing the appointment and reappointment of Federal Public Defenders, a review committee has been established to evaluate Mr. Butler’s performance in consideration of his request to be reappointed to a new four-year term.
During its September 2014 session, the Judicial Conference approved a new fee for filing a motion to redact. This fee is effective December 1, 2014. CLICK HERE to review frequently asked questions (FAQs) concerning this fee. The current fee schedule, effective 12/1/2014, can be accessed HERE.
Magistrate Judgeship Announcements - Middle District of Florida in Fort Myers and Tampa
December 1, 2014
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of two full-time United States magistrate judges for the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida -- one to be a resident in Fort Myers, Florida and the other in Tampa, Florida. Magistrate Judges are selected for a particular division and should expect to remain there for the duration of tenure. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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March 21, 2014
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New Chapter 13 Mortgage Modification Mediation program Begins 6/1/13
May 17, 2013
•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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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