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."
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
•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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