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Bankruptcy Judge Position in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts ~ [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 Massachusetts in Worcester. Attorneys with broad or specialized litigation or commercial experience are encouraged to apply, whether or not such experience is in bankruptcy law. Interested applicants may obtain an application from the Circuit Executive's Office, from the Bankruptcy Court Clerk for the District of Massachusetts, or by accessing the Court of Appeals' website at www.ca1.uscourts.gov. Applications are to be received and postmarked by Monday, March 16, 2015. 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that In accordance with the General Order issued on November 25, 2014 and Local Bankruptcy Rule 9029-2, the Court has repealed Local Bankruptcy Rules 8001-1, 8003-1, 8005-1 and 9037-1 and Local Bankruptcy Forms 9037-1A and 9037-1B.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.