The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida continues to monitor the national response to the respiratory illness caused by the novel Coronavirus Disease known as COVID-19. This is a very fluid situation, and the information provided below will be adjusted accordingly.
Please review this page regularly for updates. Updates are indicated within the table of contents section of this page and may also be accessed via RSS feed and GovDelivery.
- Open (Working Remotely)
- All Northern District of Florida courthouses are closed to the public except for case participants required to attend in-person proceedings, commercial and USPS mail carriers, and any other exception approved by a judge, the Bankruptcy Clerk of Court, or the District Clerk of Court.
- Working Remotely with a Skeleton Crew in the Office
- For assistance, please call 866-639-4615.
- Email CMECF_HelpDesk@flnb.uscourts.gov or call 866-639-4615 for CM/ECF assistance.
- Utilize McVCIS at 866-222-8029 for automated case information. Select 1 for English or 2 for Spanish. Select the Court Code 11 for the Florida Northern Bankruptcy Court.
The following Administrative Orders related to COVID-19 have been entered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Florida (designated “AO”) and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (designated by case number 4:95mc40111) as of March 24, 2020:
- AO 20-003 Dated 3/16/2020: Implementing Procedures for COVID-19 Outbreak (All hearings held telephonically via CourtCall)
- AO 20-004 Dated 3/17/2020: Regarding Extension of Deadlines in Connection with Postponement of Section 341 Meetings
- AO 20-005 Dated 3/20/2020: Temporarily Modifying the Means of Filing Pleadings by Self-Represented Parties
- AO 20-006 Dated 3/20/2020: Temporarily Suspending Requirement for Attorneys to Obtain and Retain Original Signatures from Debtors for Electronic Filings
- AO 20-007 Dated 4/21/2020: Adopting CARES Act ("Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act") Changes to Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1020
- District Court Order 4:95mc40111 (Doc. 343) Closing Courthouses to the Public (with some exceptions)
All hearings will be conducted using CourtCall pursuant to Administrative Order 20-003, unless otherwise directed by the Court. Attorneys shall advise their clients NOT to appear at the courthouse.
- Temporarily reduced for attorneys.
- Temporarily free for self-represented parties.
- Visit www.courtcall.com for more information.
- Contact Numbers
- 866-582-6878 or 888-882-6878
- Reserve by phone no later than 3:00 p.m. on the business day preceding the date of the hearing.
- Future appearances should be scheduled by email at Assist@CourtCall.com.
- Continue to utilize CM/ECF for e-filings and online payments.
- Payments by Mail
- Cashier’s checks or money orders only – DO NOT MAIL CASH
- Mail to: Office of the Clerk of Court 110 East Park Avenue, Suite 100, Tallahassee, Florida 32301. (Payable to Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court)
- Payments will NOT be processed in the Pensacola Division.
- How to File Documents Pursuant to Administrative Order 20-005
- By U.S. Mail or a commercial mail service;
- By email at Filings@flnb.uscourts.gov; or
- By Fax at 850-521-5004.
- Emailed Documents – Instructions
- Email Subject Line: Include your Case Number (if assigned) and Name.
- Email Body Content: In accordance with AO 20-005, the Court will not consider content within the body of the email.
- Email Attachments: Portable Document Format (PDF) only. Each document emailed for filing must be saved as a separate PDF file.
- File Names: Use all or a portion of the document title and the case number (if assigned). Example: Motion_19-00001.
- Email Size: The total size of each email to the Court cannot exceed 40 MB, including the email, signature graphics (if applicable), and all attachments. You may send documents to the Clerk’s Office via separate emails if you find that your email size is too large. Be sure to add “Part __ of __” to the email subject line. Example Subject Line: 20-00001 John Doe (Part 1 of 2).
- Large Files: If a PDF file is very large, you may break the document up into two or more separate PDF files. Please note the part number of the file as part of the file name. Example: Motion_19-00001_Part1of3.pdf. Files may be sent via multiple emails. See the preceding bullet point for email subject line information.
The Court provides computer terminals for public use in the lobbies of each courthouse to access filed documents and reports via PACER. If you are unable to access this resource due to courthouse closures, then you are encouraged to register for your own PACER account. Registration is free, and you can access court records from any type of device with an internet connection. To register:
- Access PACER at https://www.pacer.gov
- Click the “Registration” tab at the top of the screen
- Select the “View” account option
- Follow onscreen directions
For immediate access to court records through PACER, provide a credit card during the registration process. In the alternative, if you are unable to provide a credit card, an activation code will be sent by U.S. Mail to the address you provide on the registration form. Allow 7-10 business days for mail delivery.
Fees are calculated at a rate of 10 cents per page. For PDF documents, each page of a single PDF document will cost 10 cents until you reach 30 pages ($3.00). Every page after the 30th page for that same document is free. The page count starts over for each PDF document accessed. On-screen reports are charged based on a certain number of lines per page. Refer to the PACER website for details about report and audio recording charges.
No fee is owed for electronic access to court data via PACER until an account holder exceeds a total charge of $30 in a quarterly billing cycle. In addition, access to judicial opinions is always free.
Please Contact Us if you believe you will exceed the $30 per quarter waived (free) PACER fee or need assistance with accessing court records.
Contact the Clerk’s Office in advance of filing at 866-639-4615.
The U.S. Trustee Program has announced an extension of its telephonic meeting process for Section 341 Meetings and Initial Debtor Interviews in Chapter 11 Cases. See the notice located at https://www.justice.gov/ust-regions-r21 regarding cases filed through July 10, 2020, for more details.
CLICK HERE to read the USTP Notice re funds received as a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Local Sample Order 5 (LSO-5) Order Granting Motion to Avoid Lien is now available for use as a proposed order. All highlighted text is required and must be updated based on factors in your case.
Form Amendments Due to CARES Act: On March 27, 2020, Congress passed, and the President signed into law, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”). Section 1113 of that legislation made several changes to the Bankruptcy Code, most of them temporary, to provide financial assistance during the coronavirus crisis.
The enactment of the CARES Act requires one-year amendments to five official forms to account for a new definition of “debtor” applicable to subchapter V of chapter 11 and a new exclusion from the definitions of “current monthly income” and “disposable income.” Because the Act took effect immediately upon enactment and its bankruptcy provisions are of limited duration, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has exercised the authority delegated to it by the Judicial Conference to make conforming technical changes to five bankruptcy forms (Official Forms 101, 122A-1, 122B, 122C-1, and 201).
- Official Form 101, Committee Note
- Official Form 201, Committee Note
- Official Forms 122A-1, 122B, 122C-1, Committee Note for 122 Forms
Please note: The new forms are still located on the “Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms” page on the United States Courts website (www.uscourts.gov). They will be moved to the main Bankruptcy Forms page on the uscourts.gov website shortly, as fillable pdfs.
Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN): Save valuable employee time by eliminating a portion of their paper mail processing duties. EBN allows case participants to receive notices and orders issued by the court electronically. Visit the PACER Service Center for more information and to register for the program at https://www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/ebn.html
United States Trustee Program: Visit the U.S. Department of Justice United States Trustee Program (USTP) website for Region 21 at https://www.justice.gov/ust-regions-r21 for information about the trustee program in general, how the CARES Act is being interpreted by the USTP, information about telephonic meetings, and COVID-19 updates.
Websites Containing COVID-19 Information and Updates
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Florida Department of Health
(Use the “Counties” dropdown menu at the top of the page for county-specific information.)
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