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Bankruptcy Court to relocate in summer 2017 ~ [return to Top]

Chief Judge Jeffrey R. Howard of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit announced today that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire will relocate from rented space in Manchester to existing space in the Warren B. Rudman Courthouse in Concord, where the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire is located. It is anticipated that the Bankruptcy Court will relocate operations to the Rudman Courthouse in summer 2017.

The relocation is part of the Circuit's response to the Judicial Conference of the United States' (JCUS) space reduction initiative, which mandates that the federal Judiciary reduce its space footprint by 3% by the end of September 2018. Read the press release for additional details.

Change in Bankruptcy Forms Effective December 1, 2015 ~ [return to Top]

Most Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015, if approved by the Judicial Conference at its September 2015 meeting.

These new forms are part of a forms modernization project that began in 2008 by the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules. Among other things, the new forms introduce different versions of case opening forms for debtors to understand and complete, and are designed to work with scheduled enhancements to the federal courts’ case opening and electronic case management system.

Some of the modernized forms are already in effect and will simply be renumbered on December 1, 2015. Other forms were published for comment in August 2013 or 2014 and have been approved by the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules and the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure (the Standing Committee). All but six existing forms are on track to be replaced by modernized versions.

The following official forms are scheduled to be replaced:

  • 1, 2, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6 Summary, 6 Declaration, 6A-J, 9A-I, 10, 10A, 10S1, 10S2, 11A, 11B, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16A, 16C, 16D, 17A, 17B, 17C, 19, 22A1 through 22C3, 23 and 27.

The following six official forms will be revised in 2016 or later:

  • 20A, 20B, 25A, 25B, 25C and 26.

Virtually all the director’s bankruptcy forms (currently 13S, 15S, 18F - 18WH, and 104-283) are also scheduled to be replaced by updated and renumbered versions on December 1, 2015. Pending versions of the director’s bankruptcy forms will be posted to uscourts.gov.

To view information about the changes, go to uscourts.gov.

Security Screening Change for Attorneys with Bar Cards ~ [return to Top]

Attorneys who are issued a bar Card by the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire will be screened in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Marshals Service and the District Court. Such attorneys will have to walk through the magnetometer; however, they will not be required to remove jewelry, watches, shoes, belts or any other items and will routinely be allowed to proceed without further delay, except that, occasionally a random spot check may involve a quick wanding, or a request to open a jacket for a quick look. For more details see Public Notice 13-7.

Attorneys who do not already have a Bar Card may apply for one from the District Court in accordance with its procedures. Details regarding the application process and the Bar Card in general may be found at www.nhd.uscourts.gov.

NCBJ Accepting Nominations for Participants in Next Generation Program at 2015 Conference ~ [return to Top]

The National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges will host the fifth Next Generation Program at its annual conference in Miami from September 27 – 30, 2015. A small group of up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys will have the unique opportunity to participate in this exciting program. The program will offer events solely for participants, including a private gathering with bankruptcy judges and senior practitioners, a networking reception of peers and senior practitioners and a reunion of the former Next Generation classes. See the announcement for additional details.

Repeal of Certain Local Bankruptcy Rules and Forms and Adoption of Administrative Order effective December 1, 2014 ~ [return to Top]

Public Notice 14-4 announces that In accordance with the General Order issued on November 25, 2014 and Local Bankruptcy Rule 9029-2, the Court has repealed Local Bankruptcy Rules 8001-1, 8003-1, 8005-1 and 9037-1 and Local Bankruptcy Forms 9037-1A and 9037-1B. The Court has adopted Administrative Orders 8002-1, 8004-1, 8005-1, 8007-1 and 9037-1 as well as Local Bankruptcy Form 9037-1 effective December 1, 2014. The General Order and Administrative Orders can be found on the Rules and Forms page.

Addition of New Filing Fee and Increase to Certain Filing Fees effective December 1, 2014 ~ [return to Top]

At it's September 2014 meeting, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new filing fee of $25 which will be charged for filing any motion to redact previously filed records in a bankruptcy case. The Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule was also updated to increase one fee and to clarify language. For details see Public Notice 14-3.

National Rules and Forms Changes Take Effect December 1, 2014 ~ [return to Top]

Public Notice 14-2 lists changes to several Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms that become effective on December 1, 2014. Rule changes include Rules 1014, Rule 7004, Rule 7054, Rules 8001 - 8028, Rule 9023 and Rule 9024. Official Form changes include Forms B3A, B3B, B6, B17A, B17B, B17C, B22A, B22B and B22C. To view the amendments and background materials on the rule changes, go to www.uscourts.gov. Amended forms with instructions and committee notes are also available for review by clicking here.

The United States Bankruptcy Courts of the First Circuit collaborated to produce a document that summarizes the changes to the rules, forms and fees. The document is not meant to be a comprehensive review of the changes and attorneys are urged to perform their own thorough review of the changes

The Latest News from the U.S. Courts ~ [return to Top]

Looking for the latest news about the U.S. Courts? The uscourts.gov site has information about court locations, official forms, filing fees, statistics and more. News releases posted in the last three months include a Warning about an Arrest Warrant Scam, Bankruptcy Filings Down 11% Nationally, the 225th Anniversary of the Judiciary Act and more. The news page of uscourts.gov can be found by clicking here.

Increase to Certain Filing Fees effective June 1, 2014 ~ [return to Top]

At it's March 2014 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved two amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, which go into effect on June 1, 2014. The fee for an adversary proceeding will increase, as will the filing fee for every bankruptcy case and the fee to file a motion to divide or split a case. Details about the increase can be found in Public Notice 14-1 and on the Filing Fees page.

Chief Judge Bruce A. Harwood Recently Designated Court's Clerk of Court ~ [return to Top]

Chief Judge Bruce A. Harwood recently designated Bonnie L. McAlary, the Court's current Chief Deputy Clerk, to serve as the Court's Acting Clerk of Court, effective January 27, 2014. The Court's current Clerk of Court, Jennifer A. Hayes, is transferring to a position in judges' chambers. Click on these links to view the order and the announcement.

Chief Bankruptcy Judge Bruce A. Harwood of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire anounnced today that Bonnie L. McAlary has ben selected to become the Clerk of the New Hampshire Bankruptcy Court effective March 24, 2014. Click the link to see the announcement.

Judicial Conference Privacy Policy ~ [return to Top]

The Judicial Conference Privacy Policy has been amended to restrict public access through PACER to all documents in Bankruptcy cases and related proceedings that were filed before December 1, 2003, and have been closed for more than one year. The case docket and docket information will remain available.  Members of the general public may still obtain copies of documents (except those under seal) from the Clerk's Office. Additional information on the policy is available in Public Notice 12-01 or by contacting the Clerk's Office.

Archived Court News ~ [return to Top]

Court News Items older than the above can be found by visiting our Public Notices page. Court News is usually released as a Public Notice.