- Public Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Federal Bankruptcy Rules Open Until 2/15/2014
- 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
Public Comment Period on Proposed Amendments to Federal Bankruptcy Rules Open Until 2/15/2014 ~ [return to Top]
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Civil Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and forms, and requested that the proposals be circulated for public comment. The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary's web site at www.uscourts.gov. The public comment period ends on February 15, 2014.
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.