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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.

Court Holiday Schedule

November 5, 2019

The court will be closed on the following days during the holiday season:

• Thursday, November 28, 2019
• Friday, November 29, 2019
• Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019
• Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

CLICK HERE to review the Court's After Hour Emergencies and Court Closure Filings instructional page. Be sure to contact the Clerk's Office prior to the days when the court will be closed if you have any questions about these instructions.

Hurricane Dorian Update

August 30, 2019

Hurricane Dorian is projected to make landfall on the east coast of Florida. The exact point of landfall is not yet known, and neither is the direction that the hurricane will take after landfall. Currently, the court is scheduled to be open during normal business hours. The court will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. This announcement will be updated as more information about Hurricane Dorian is received.

Proposed Amendments for Public Comment

August 19, 2019

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Appellate, Bankruptcy, and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The comment period ends February 19, 2020. CLICK HERE for more information. Once all approvals are in place, the target effective date for the proposed rules is December 1, 2021.

All Administrative Orders Regarding Hurricane Michael

October 29, 2018

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

2019-2021 Business Law Section of The Florida Bar Fellowship Application Now Available

October 29, 2018

The Business Law Section of The Florida Bar is committed to recruiting diverse lawyers to join, participate, and ultimately serve in leadership positions in the Section. As such, the Section has implemented a Fellowship Program to provide a two-year subsidy to eight qualified applicants who express an interest in becoming active in the substantive work and leadership of the Section. CLICK HERE to learn more and apply.

Local Rules Committee Meeting Scheduled

October 29, 2018

The next meeting of the Local Rules Committee will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, in the second floor Administrative Conference Room located inside the Tallahassee division bankruptcy courthouse. Inquiries about this meeting may be directed to any committee member. A list of committee members is available on the Local Rules Revision Project page of the Court's internet site at http://www.flnb.uscourts.gov/court-resources/local-rules-revision-project.

Public Notices re Reappointment of Bankruptcy Judges

August 3, 2018

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has issued public notices concerning the reappointment of the Bankruptcy judges listed below. Please click the judge's name to review the corresponding notice. Comments must be received by the Circuit Executive's Office no later than July 22, 2019.

The Honorable Susan D. Barrett, Georgia Southern Bankruptcy Court

Appointment of Full Time United States Magistrate Judge - Tallahassee Division

August 3, 2018

The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full time United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Florida in Tallahassee, Florida. The essential function of the United States District Court is to dispense justice and United States Magistrate Judges provide an important component of this function. CLICK HERE for more information.

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.

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.

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