- Comment Period Open For Reappointment of a Bankruptcy Judge
- Chief Judge Bruce A. Harwood Recently Designated Court's Acting Clerk of Court
- Adoption of Administrative Order 5073-1 - Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms
- Security Screening Process to Change Effective January 1, 2014, for Attorneys with Bar Cards Issued by the U.S. District Court
- National Rules and Forms Changes Take Effect December 1, 2013
- Addition of New Filing Fee and Increase to Certain Filing Fees effective December 1, 2013
- Judge Bruce A. Harwood designated as Chief Judge
- Notice to Customers Presenting Checks
- Revised Local Bankruptcy Rules, Interim Bankruptcy Rules, Administrative Orders
- Mobile PACER Case Locator Launched
- Free PACER Training Site
- Archived Court News
Comment Period Open For Reappointment of a Bankruptcy Judge ~ [return to Top]
The United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit is considering reappointment of Judge Enrique S. Lamoutte, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Puerto Rico. Members of the bar and public are invited to submit comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals no later than April 9, 2014. For additional information and the address to send comments to, click here.
Chief Judge Bruce A. Harwood Recently Designated Court's Acting 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.
Adoption of Administrative Order 5073-1 - Use of Electronic Devices in Courtrooms ~ [return to Top]
Public Notice 13-8 announces that In accordance with the provisions of Local Bankruptcy Rule 9029-2, the Court has adopted Administrative Order 5073-1, which permits the use of electronic devices in the courtrooms under certain circumstances, effective January 1, 2014. The AO can be found on the Rules and Forms page.
Security Screening Process to Change Effective January 1, 2014, for Attorneys with Bar Cards Issued by the U.S. District Court ~ [return to Top]
Effective January 1, 2014, the Court will begin honoring Bar Cards issued by the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire. Attorneys who present such a Bar Card to the Court Security Officers at the Bankruptcy Court will be screened in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding between the United States Marshals Service and the District Court. See Public Notice 13-7 for additional information. Details regarding the Bar Card program may be found at www.nhd.uscourts.gov.
National Rules and Forms Changes Take Effect December 1, 2013 ~ [return to Top]
Public Notice 13-6 lists changes to several Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official and Procedural Forms that become effective on December 1, 2013. Rule changes include Rules 1007(b)(7), Rule 4004(c)(1), Rule 5009(b), Rule 9006(d), Rule 9013 and Rule 9014. Official Form changes include Forms B3A, B3B, B61, B6J, B6, B23 and B27. 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.
Addition of New Filing Fee and Increase to Certain Filing Fees effective December 1, 2013 ~ [return to Top]
At its September 2013 meeting, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved a new filing fee of $176 which will be charged for filing any motion to sell property of the estate free and clear of liens under 11 U.S.C. § 363(f). The Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule was also updated to increase one fee and to clarify language. For details see Public Notice 13-5.
Judge Bruce A. Harwood designated as Chief Judge ~ [return to Top]
Chief Judge Joseph Laplante of the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire recently designated Judge Bruce A. Harwood as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire. Click here to view the order.
Notice to Customers Presenting Checks ~ [return to Top]
The Clerk's Office plans to start scanning all checks received as payment and submit them electronically to the U.S. Treasury. Additional information is available in Public Notice 13-4 and from the U.S. Treasury internet site.
Revised Local Bankruptcy Rules, Interim Bankruptcy Rules, Administrative Orders ~ [return to Top]
Effective February 1, 2013, the Court has adopted revised Local Bankruptcy Rules, Interim Bankruptcy Rules, Administrative Orders, and Local Bankruptcy Forms. Visit our Rules & Forms page to see a complete copy of the Rules, Administrative Orders, and Forms, as amended, as well as a redlined version showing the changes. A Summary of Significant Changes can also be found on our Rules & Forms page.
Mobile PACER Case Locator Launched ~ [return to Top]
The Judiciary has launched a new mobile web version of the PACER Case Locator. The PACER Case Locator allows users to search for court records in all district, Bankruptcy, and appellate courts. The Mobile PACER Case Locator is accessible using Apple devices, such as iPads, as well as Android devices version 2.2 or higher. When using supported mobile devices, users will be redirected to the Mobile PACER Case Locator when visiting pcl.uscourts.gov to search for court records on the go.
The Mobile PACER Case Locator can be accessed directly by users visiting pcl.uscourts.gov/searchmobile. There is nothing to install – it just works. For further information about this new service, contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856.
Free PACER Training Site ~ [return to Top]
A free-of-charge website offers access to a training database through the Judiciary’s PACER service. The site features data from real cases in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York over a six-month period in 2007. The training site can be accessed via “Frequently Used” on the PACER website home page, www.pacer.gov. No registration is required, and a login and password are posted on the training site’s Welcome Page.
Users can search the database to find cases to explore. As searches are conducted, a transaction receipt display will explain what charge would have been accrued for the PACER service. Reviewing the receipts will help users understand their PACER charges and improve their search techniques to minimize charges.
Please be aware that the site utilizes the district court version of CM/ECF. While the search and navigation functions are similar, some of the information, events, and reports differ from the Bankruptcy CM/ECF system. For further information about this new service, contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856.
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.