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BAP Seeks Comments on Proposed Amendments to Local Rules ~ [return to Top]

The U.S. Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the First Circuit (BAP) is seeking public comments on its proposed amendments to the First Circuit BAP Local Rules. The proposed amendments will take effect on December 1, 2014. The BAP invites public comments on the proposed amendments which are posted to their web site. Comments must be submitted by November 10, 2014. For more information, click here.

Maine Bankruptcy Judgeship Announcement ~ [return to Top]

The First Circuit Court of Appeals is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine in Bangor. Additional information can be found in the announcement.

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.

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.

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.

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.