Notice to Approved Financial Management Course Providers
December 2, 2013
Effective December 1, 2013, Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(b)(7) has been amended to permit an approved debtor education provider to notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course concerning personal financial management. This rule change pertains to post-petition debtor education certificates only, not to certificates received for pre-petition credit counseling.
State Wide Summit on Residential Mortgage Modification Mediations
November 20, 2013
If you are a mediator, residential mortgage lender, creditor attorney, debtor attorney, Chapter 13 trustee, staff, a Bankruptcy Judge or just interested in the programs developed to help parties modify residential mortgages, you may want to attend a summit to discuss what is working well and why throughout Florida:
DATE: February 27, 2014
TIME: 1:00 pm
LOCATION: Jury Assembly Room
United States District Court
401 West Central Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32801
The court's upcoming holiday schedule will be as follows:
Thursday, November 28, 2013: Thanksgiving Day (Federal Holiday)
Friday, November 29, 2013: Court Closed
Tuesday, December 24, 2013: Court Closed at Noon
Wednesday, December 25, 2013: Christmas Day (Federal Holiday)
Wednesday, January 1, 2014: New Years’ Day (Federal Holiday)
The Bill of Rights celebrates its 222nd birthday on December 15, 2013. To honor and commemorate this great event, The National Education Project is sponsoring the "First Annual, Live National Read-Along of the Bill of Rights," which will be broadcast over the Internet to the entire nation from 8:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. EST, on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Access http://www.national-education-project.org
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules. Public comment is invited but must be received by February 15, 2014 using the following link: Click Here.
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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