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Court Announcements and News

Noticing Requirements/FAQs Updated

December 2, 2016

The Noticing Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions have been reformatted into an easier to use format for your convenience. Please CLICK HERE to view the most recent document.

Information Regarding Amendments to the Federal Rules Effective 12/1/16

November 15, 2016

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma has created an informational packet regarding changes to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Civil, Criminal, and Bankruptcy Procedures, and the fee changes effective December 1, 2016. CLICK HERE to review this information. Attorneys are encouraged to review the packet and perform any further research required prior to filing documents with the Court on or after December 1, 2016.

Permissive Use of Negative Notice List updated as of 11/9/2016

November 10, 2016

The Permissive Use of Negative Notice List has been updated to include one new motion for Chapter 13 cases only: Motion for Authority to Use Tax Refund. Filers are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the new format and content of FLN-B’s Permissive Use of Negative Notice List which includes motions permitted to be filed on Negative Notice for Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13.

Amendments to FRBP, Bankruptcy Forms, and Fees Effective December 1, 2016

October 31, 2016

Changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, bankruptcy forms, and the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule become effective December 1, 2016 and "shall govern all proceedings in bankruptcy cases thereafter commenced and, insofar as just and practicable, all proceedings then pending."

Please visit the following websites for more information:

Rules Changes: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/pending-rules-and-forms-amendments

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.

Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

August 12, 2016

In 2016, the Judicial Conference Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure approved publication of proposed amendments to the following rules and forms for a comment period from August 12, 2016 through February 15, 2017.
-  Appellate Rules 8, 11, 25, 28.1, 29, 31, 39, 41, and Form 4
-  Bankruptcy Rules 3002.1, 5005, 8002, 8006, 8011, 8013, 8015, 8016, 8017, new Rule 8018.1, 8022, 8023, and new Part VIII Appendix; and Official Forms 309F, 417A, 417C, 425A, 425B, 425C, and 426
-  Civil Rules 5, 23, 62, and 65.1

A Holiday Reception To Celebrate Senior United States District Judge William Terrell Hodges' Forty-Fifth Anniversary on the Federal Bench

August 10, 2016

Presented by The North Central Florida Chapter of the Federal Bar Association & the University of Florida Levin College of Law

When:
Saturday, December 10, 2016, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Where: The F-Club Room at Ben Hill Griffin Football Stadium at the University of Florida (Free parking is available across Gale Lemerand Drive at the O' Connell Center)

The F-Club Room is "a place of Honor, Distinction and Gator Pride" – in short, the perfect place to celebrate Judge Hodges!

Update to the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List

June 14, 2016

The Negative Notice List has been updated to reflect two new additions: (1) Motion for Entry of Discharge (Chapter 11 Individual Case); and (2) Motion for Final Decree for Chapter 11 Cases other than those for an Individual Case. Click here to access the updated document.

Warning About Fraudulent Emails

May 24, 2016

This is a general notice warning to be on the lookout for fraudulent emails that may contain links to ransomware and/or malware. For your safety, please delete such emails without clicking the embedded links.

Update to the Permissive Use of Negative Notice List

May 5, 2016

The Permissive Use of Negative Notice List has been updated to reflect that motions seeking relief from stay under 11 U.S.C. 362(d)(4) cannot be filed on negative notice. Those motions must be heard and therefore cannot be filed and served using the Court's negative notice procedure. CLICK HERE to access the updated document.

Corrections to Official Forms (effective immediately) and Changes to Dollar Amounts in Bankruptcy Forms (effective April 1)

March 14, 2016

Dollar amounts in the seven official bankruptcy forms, the Proof of Claim form, three Director's forms, and the instructions for individual and non-individual debtors will change effective 4/1/16 to dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code.

New Motions Added to Court's Permissive Use of Negative Notice List for Chapter 12 and 13 Cases

February 29, 2016

Two new motions have been added to FLN-B's Permissive Use of Negative Notice List for use in Chapter 12 and 13 cases only. Those motions are: (1) Motion to Approve Post-petition Financing (vehicles and equipment) and (2) Motion to Approve Use of Insurance Proceeds to Purchase Replacement Vehicle. Specific filing events have been created for your convenience in filing these motions.

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 Administrative Order No. 15-001 is required effective October 1, 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.

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 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:

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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