The Advisory Committee has recommended amendments to several local bankruptcy rules and the addition of LBR 3002.1-1, Designation of Servicing Agent. Redline versions of the affected rules can be found here. Please send comments to email@example.com or to the Clerk of Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, P.O. Box 2164, Spokane, WA, 99210-2164, no later than April 4, 2014.
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Effective January 1, 2014, the court will no longer accept payment in the form of a check. Filing fees, copy fees, and requests for certification of documents must be paid by credit or debit card, cashier’s check, or money order. Additional information is available here.
Changes to 12 national forms will take effect December 1, 2013: B 3A - Application for Installments,
B 3B - Application for Waiver, B 6I - Schedule I, B 6J - Schedule J, B 6 - Summary (Summary of Schedules), B 23 - Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management, B 27 - Reaffirmation Cover Sheet, B 200 - Required Lists, Statements, Schedules and Fees, B 254 - Subpoena for Rule 2004 Examination, B 255 - Subpoena to Appear and Testify at a Hearing or Trial in a Bankruptcy Case (or Adversary Proceeding), B 256 - Subpoena to Testify at Deposition in a Bankruptcy Case (or Adversary Proceeding), and B 257 - Subpoena to Produce Documents, Information, or Objects or To Permit Inspection in a Bankruptcy Case (or Adversary Proceeding). The new forms can be found at: http://www.uscourts.gov/FormsAndFees/Forms/BankruptcyForms/BankruptcyFormsPendingChanges.aspx.
The Judicial Conference of the United States approved several changes to the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule
at its September 2013 session. One change is the new fee of $176 for the filing of motions for the sale of property free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f). Motions filed under this statute provide asset purchasers and sellers in bankruptcy cases with substantial benefits, and impose significant burdens on the courts to resolve them. A redline version of the Miscellaneous Fee Schedule can be accessed by clicking here.
At its September 2013 session, the Judicial Conference approved changes to the federal court miscellaneous fee schedules. A redline version of the bankruptcy court fee changes is attached here.
Effective December 1, 2013, amended Fed. R. Bankr. P. 1007(b)(7) will give an individual debtor the option of having an approved personal financial management course provider notify the court directly that the debtor has completed a post-petition instructional course concerning personal financial management. To directly notify a bankruptcy court of a debtor’s course completion, an approved course provider will electronically file a personal financial management course certificate with the court. Approved course providers will need to register as CM/ECF limited filers in each bankruptcy court where they are filing certificates. A listing of approved course providers can be found at www.justice.gov/ust/. Correspondingly, an amendment to Official Form 23 will instruct the debtor to complete and file the form only if the course provider has not already notified the court of the debtor’s completion of the course. Official Form 23, effective December 1, can be viewed here.
The Advisory Committee on Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure has proposed amendments to several bankruptcy rules and forms. The proposed amendments have been published for public comment at http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx. Committee reports explaining the changes and redline versions of the rules can be found at the site. The public comment period closes on February 15, 2014.