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U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 18, 2014

Re: Proposed Amendments to Federal Bankruptcy Rules - December 2015

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to certain federal bankruptcy rules and forms. The proposed amendments and forms are available on the U.S. Courts website at the link below. The public comment period ends February 17, 2015.

http://www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 4, 2014

Re: Training Opportunity

The North Dakota Bankruptcy Clerk's Office is pleased to offer electronic filing classes for attorneys and support staff. Learn to file new cases, schedules, amendments, motions, plans, objections, and adversary cases using Bankruptcy Court's CM/ECF system. Gain an understanding of the resources available in CM/ECF and on the Court's website.

Classes Scheduled:

Fargo: Tuesday, August 19, 2014. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To register, click on the link and select "Click to Register (RSVP)": http://whoozin.com/WFV-FVW-77W7

Bismarck: Tuesday, September 23 2014. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. To Register, click on on the link and select "Click to Register (RSVP)": http://whoozin.com/XWC-E9W-7AKJ

The Court has not applied for Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE) for these sessions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 1, 2014

Re: PACER Downtime Notice (August 7-10)

Some PACER functions will be down for maintenance beginning on Thursday, August 7, in order to implement website enhancements. NOTE: This service interruption will not affect your e-filing privileges.

Services That Will Be Unavailable:
All of PACER (including search and login functions) Sunday, August 10, 8 AM–12 PM CT

No New PACER Registrations Thursday, August 7, 6 PM CT–Sunday, August 10, 12 PM CT

Manage My Account and Manage My Appellate Filer Account Friday, August 8, 6 PM CT–Sunday, August 10, 12 PM CT

All services will be back online and functioning normally by Monday, August 11, 5 AM CT. While the Manage My Account and Manage My Appellate Filer Account functions are down, you will not be able to do the following: Update PACER account or appellate filer account information. Register to e-file at appellate CM/ECF. Make an online payment of PACER fees. View billing information and charges.

After 12 PM on Sunday, you may still experience intermittent service disruptions as any remaining issues are being resolved.

Source:www.pacer.gov/announcements/general/downtime.html


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

July 9, 2014

Re: Important Information for EFinCert Filers

Effective July 14, 2014, approved providers of personal financial management instructional courses (debtor education) using eFinCert will need a PACER login to file certificates in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota. Course providers can use the PACER login for bankruptcy courts nationwide. Information on how to obtain a login can be found at www.pacer.gov.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

May 30, 2014

Re: June 1, 2014 New Filing Fees

The new filings fees effective June 1, 2014 necessitated the need to change a few official forms. The following forms will be updated on June 1st, and should be used for any case filed on or after that date. If you represent debtors and use bankruptcy software to file new petitions and schedules, please be sure to update your software before filing any of the following forms beginning June 1st.

B 3A Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments (6/14)

B 3B Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived (6/14)

B 200 Required Lists, Statements, Schedules, and Fees (6/14)

B 201A Notice to Individual Consumer Debtor (6/14)


The bankruptcy forms can be found at

http://www.uscourts.gov


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

May 15, 2014

Re: Monday, May 26, 2014

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota will be closed on Monday, May 26, 2014 in observance of Memorial Day.  Access to electronic filing and the Court's website will be available.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

April 24, 2014

Re: Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Update

At its March 2014 session the Judicial Conference approved amendments to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule, which go into effect June 1, 2014.  See attachment for updated fees.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

April 10, 2014

Re: 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference

The judges of the Eighth Circuit invite all members of the bar to join them at the Hilton Omaha August 6-8, 2014 for the Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference. See attachment for additional information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

February 26, 2014

Re: Public Notice - Bankruptcy Judge Vacancy

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit seeks applications from highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. The position is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas. The vacancy will occur on December 31, 2014.

Public Notice - Bankruptcy Judge

Application Form


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

December 26, 2013

Re: Holiday Notice

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota will be closed on January 1, 2014 in celebration of New Years Day.  Our electronic case filing system will be available for use during the referenced time frame.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

December 12, 2013

Re: Holiday Notice

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota will be closed December 23-25, 2013 in observance of the holiday.

If you do need emergency assistance please call 701-297-7108. Our electronic case filing system will be available for use during the referenced time frame.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

December 2, 2013

Re: Order Regarding Electronic Filing Without Access to or Registration with the CM/ECF System

Pursuant to the attached Order, the Court has implemented  the Electronic Proof of Claim (ePOC) program designed to work with ECF to streamline claims processing by allowing creditors to file a claim, amend a claim and withdraw a claim via the internet without being an ECF registered user.  Creditors may now file claims via the"E-Filing Proof of Claims" link on the Court's website.  Filing through ePOC eliminates the need for a creditor to complete a proof of claim and mail or deliver it to the Clerk's Office.  The ePOC module allows a creditor to populate and electronically file a proof of claim, attach any supporting documents and receive immediate verification of the filing.  Additional information and instructions are available on the Court's website.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 25, 2013

Re: Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota will be closed November 28, 2013 and November 29, 2013 in observance of Thanksgiving.


If you do need emergency assistance on Friday, November 29, 2013 please call 701-297-7102.  Our electronic case filing system will be available for use during the referenced time frame.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 29, 2013

Re: Miscellaneous Fee Schedule

At its September 2013 session, the Judicial Conference approved changes to the federal court miscellaneous fee schedules effective December 1, 2013. A redline version of the bankruptcy court fee changes is attached here.



U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 28, 2013

Re: Amendment to Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Forms Changes Effective 12/1/2013

The following changes to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007, 4004, 5009, 9006, 9013, and 9014 will become effective on December 1, 2013 unless Congress decides otherwise:

Rule 1007(b)(7)  is revised to relieve individual debtors of the obligation to file Official Form 23, Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management if the provider of an instructional course concerning personal financial management directly notifies the court that the debtor has completed the course.

Rule 4004(c)(1)(H) is amended to provide that the court must delay entering a discharge for a debtor who has not filed Official Form 23, only if the debtor was in fact required to do so under Rule 1007(b)(7).

Rule 5009(b)  is revised to reflect the amendment of Rule 1007(b)(7). Rule 5009(b) currently requires the clerk to send a warning notice to an individual debtor who has not filed Official Form 23 within 45 days after the first date set for the meeting of creditors. The proposed amendment would require the clerk to send the notice only if the course provider has not already notified the court of the debtor’s completion of the course and the debtor has failed to file the statement in 45 days.

Rule 9006(d), which prescribes time limits for the service of motions and responses, is expanded to cover the timing of the service of any written response to a motion, and not just opposing affidavits.

Rule 9013, which addresses the form and service of motions, is amended to provide a cross-reference to the time periods in Rule 9006(d) and to call greater attention to the default deadlines for motion practice.

Rule 9014,  which addresses contested matters, is amended to provide a cross-reference to the time periods in Rule 9006(d) for the service of motions and responses.

For further information see this link

The following amendments to the Official Bankruptcy Forms will take effect on December 1, 2013:

Official Forms 3A (Application for Individuals to Pay the Filing Fee in Installments), 3B (Application to Have the Chapter 7 Filing Fee Waived), 6I (Schedule I: Your Income),and 6J (Schedule J: Your Expenses), which are only used in individual debtor cases, are the first of the restyled forms developed as part of the Bankruptcy Rules Advisory Committee’s ongoing forms modernization project. The revisions to these forms make no significant change in substantive content. 

Official Forms 6 - Summary (Summary of Schedules) and 27 (Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet) are revised with updated line number cross references to Schedules I and J.

Official Form 23 (Debtor’s Certification of Completion of Postpetition Instructional Course Concerning Personal Financial Management) is revised to reflect the change to Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 1007(b)(7) effective December 1, 2013, by including an instruction stating the debtor should complete and file the form only if the provider of an instructional course concerning personal financial management has not already notified the court of the debtor’s completion of the course.

For further information see this link


 

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 1, 2013

Re: Government shutdown

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota will remain open for business for approximately 10 business days despite the government shutdown. The Judiciary will continue operations utilizing fees and no-year appropriations through approximately October 15, 2013. On or around October 15, 2013, the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. All proceedings and deadlines remain in effect as scheduled, unless otherwise advised. Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) will remain operational.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

September 4, 2013

Re: Proposed Amendments Published for Comment

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 to the bench, bar, and public for comment. The public comment period ends February 15, 2014.   The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes and other information are posted on the Judiciary's website at www.uscourts.gov/RulesAndPolicies/rules/proposed-amendments.aspx


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 14, 2013

Re: Court Opinions Now Available Through Government Printing Office

At its September 11, 2012 meeting, the Judicial Conference approved national implementation of a program to provide access to court opinions via the Government Printing Office (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys).   The United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota is a participating court.  The GPO system provides written opinions in one public accessible, text searchable, national database.  Opinions will be provided to the GPO from our CM/ECF system.   A "Court Opinions" link has also been added to the court's website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov or the website is located at: http://www.gpo.gov


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

April 30, 2013

Re: Automated Clearing House

The United States Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota is pleased to offer electronic filers an additional method in which to pay filing fees. This new method is called Automated Clearing House (ACH) Direct Debit.  See attached for more information. AUTOMATED CLEARING HOUSE


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

April 4, 2013

Effective May 1, 2013, the bankruptcy courts will begin charging a new fee of $25 for each claim transferred. This fee was approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its September 2012 session. Click here to read entire notice.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

April 3, 2013

The Local Rules of the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota, are revised and amended effective April 2, 2013 pursuant to General Order entered on April 2, 2013. All previous local rules of the court governing bankruptcy procedure are revoked effective April 2, 2013. Any local rule is subject to modification upon court order finding good cause.

Updates to the court’s website, CM/ECF system and all resources are occurring as a result of the amendments to the local rules. Versions of the Local Rules for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota, ECF Administrative Procedures (amended 4/1/2013), Notice and Service Requirements (formerly known as Common Motion Practice) are available in pdf form on our website. The links within these pdf files are not active as these files are for reference until our website is fully updated.

A pdf file has also been posted containing the procedures and forms that have undergone substantial revision.

Please contact the Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100 if you have any questions or if you need assistance with any of the new procedures.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

February 22, 2013

The proposed amendments to the Local Rules governing practice in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of North Dakota are posted and may be accessed at: Proposed Local Rules

The proposed local rules contain active links for procedures and forms that have undergone substantial revision.  The remaining links are denoted with an underline and are not active at this time.

Comments regarding the proposed amendments should be submitted via e-mail to local_rules_comments@ndb.uscourts.gov no later than March 15, 2013.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 30, 2012

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

Re: General Order Adopting Revised Interim Rule 1007-I

The Court by General Order has adopted a new amendment to Interim Rule 1007-I effective December 1, 2012. Interim Rule 1007-I was adopted in December 2008 to implement the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008. The rule was amended in 2010 to incorporate time computation amendments to Bankruptcy Rule 1007. The amendment effective December 1, 2012, removes an inconsistency created by the 2010 amendment.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 7, 2012

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

Re: Increase to Bankruptcy Court Fees Effective November 21, 2012

The fee for filing a chapter 11 bankruptcy case will increase for cases filed on or after November 21, 2012. The fee increase was included in the Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012 (Pub.L.No. 112-121), which was signed into law by the President on May 25, 2012. See attached fee schedule for additional information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 10, 2012

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

Re: Amendments to Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Effective December 1, 2012

The attached letter provides a reminder of the amended Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and Official Bankruptcy Forms effective December 1, 2012. The rules and forms may be found on-line at www.uscourts.gov/rules/.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

September 12, 2012

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

Re: Centralized Processing of Returned BNC Mail

See attached letter advising of the new process/procedures governing returned notices to the Judiciary's Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC).


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 23, 2012

Attached please find a public notice from the United States Trustee - Region 12.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

July 10, 2012

RE: Increase in Chapter 11 Filing Fee

Fees for filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case will increase for cases filed on or after November 21, 2012. The fee increase was included in the Temporary Bankruptcy Judgeships Extension Act of 2012 (Pub. L. No. 112-121 which was signed into law by the President on May 25, 2012.

A provision of the law increases the statutory filing fee for all new Chapter 11 cases to $1,213.00.

http://news.uscourts.gov/chapter-11-bankruptcy-filing-fees-increase


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

May 11, 2012

RE: Attorney Fees in Chapter 13 Cases

Please be advised that for cases filed under Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, an attorney seeking payment of fees from bankruptcy estate funds must file an application in accordance with 11 U.S.C. § 330. Disclosure of fees in the Statement of Financial Affairs and on the Disclosure of Compensation of Attorney for Debtor pursuant to 11 U.S.C. § 329(a) and Rule 2016(b) of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, together with a Chapter 13 plan provision providing for payment of attorney fees, is not sufficient to meet this standard.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

May 17, 2012

RE: First Meeting of Creditors (341 Meeting) Calendar Available

For your convenience a First Meeting of Creditors calendar has been added to our website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov. Search capability is available by date, trustee or case number. Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office if you have any questions. The calendar is located at:

www.ndb.uscourts.gov
Court Calendars>
341 Calendar>


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

February 29, 2012

RE: Electronic Public Access Fee Increase

Effective April 1, 2012,  the Judicial Conference of the United States has increased the electronic public access (EPA) fee, from $.08 to $.10 per page.  The change is needed to continue to support and improve the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, and to develop and implement the next generation of the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case Filing system.  To lessen the impact of this increase, the quarterly exemption will be raised from $10.00 to $15.00 and local, state and federal government agencies will be exempted from the increase for three years.  For more information go the PACER website at www.pacer.gov.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 28, 2011

RE: Amendments to Bankruptcy Rules and Forms Effective 12/1/2011

Attached is information regarding changes to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure effective December 1, 2011.  Amendments and new forms will also take effect December 1, 2011 and can be found at Amendments


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 28, 2011

For Immediate Release

1. November 28, 2011

Daniel M. McDermott to Serve as U.S. Trustee for Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota for Interim Period

 WASHINGTON - Daniel M. McDermott, the U.S. Trustee for Ohio and Michigan (Region 9), has been designated by Attorney General Eric Holder also to serve as the U.S. Trustee for Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota (Region 12) for an interim period beginning on Dec. 3, 2011, the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees announced today. He replaces Habbo G. Fokkena, who is retiring from the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) after serving as the U.S. Trustee for Region 12 since May 2002.

Mr. McDermott was appointed as the U.S. Trustee for Region 9 in July 2008, and also served as the U.S. Trustee for Tennessee and Kentucky (Region 8) from January 2011 through July 2011. Previously, he headed the USTP's Cleveland office as Assistant U.S. Trustee, and in 1999 he was recognized with the Director's Award for Management Excellence. Before joining the USTP, Mr. McDermott held positions as a Bankruptcy Administrator for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Ohio and as a bank officer and assistant counsel.

Mr. McDermott received his law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland and his undergraduate degree from Villanova University in Villanova, Pa.

The USTP is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws. The USTP has 21 regions and 95 field offices. Region 12 is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with additional offices in Des Moines, Iowa; Minneapolis; and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Contact:

Jane Limprecht, Public Information Officer
Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
(202) 305-7411
Monday, November 28, 2011 11:32 AM


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 14, 2011

RE: Investiture of Bankruptcy Judge Shon Hastings

Attached is an invitation to the investiture of  Shon Hastings, Bankruptcy Judge for the District of North Dakota.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 1, 2011

RE: Phone Number Change Announcement - Voice Case Information System (VCIS)

The court's current Voice Case Information System (VCIS) platform has reached its "end of life," and is no longer available from, nor supported by the application vendor, leaving the service vulnerable to failure.  To ensure optimum service to the North Dakota bankruptcy community, effective Monday, November 7, 2011, the court's VCIS system will be converted over to the newer national/multi-court application called McVCIS.  The national application not only increases the life span of the application while providing faster response times and an enhanced level of service, but it also establishes a server/hardware location outside of the District, thereby increasing our continuity of operations readiness.

You are being alerted to this conversion as it necessitates a discontinuation of the current VCIS dial-in phone number (701) 297-7166 and establishes a new toll free number 1-866-222-8029.  Select option #63 to get case information for the District of North Dakota.  The court's website will be updated to reflect the new call-in number.

The national system is operational today, and I encourage you to dial in and gain a familiarity with the touch tone menu system that will allow you direct access to the case information.

Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office if you have questions regarding this matter.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 27, 2011

RE: Electronic Public Access Fee Increase - April 1, 2012

Pursuant to sections 1913, 1914, 1926, 1930, and 1932 of Title 28, United States Code, the Judicial Conference amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule for the appellate, district and bankruptcy courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation.  The schedule was amended to increase fees from $.08 to$.10 per page for electronic public access to court records through PACER service.  To lessen the impact of the increase, the Conference raised the quarterly exemption for $10 to $15 and suspended implementation of the fee increase for local, state, and federal government agencies for three years.

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has announced the effective date of this increase to be April 1, 2012.  A "reminder" notice will be sent as the date draws closer.  Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office if you have questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 13, 2011

RE: Increase in Bankruptcy Fees Effective November 1, 2011

At its September 2011 session the Judicial Conference approved changes to miscellaneous fees effective November 1, 2011.  Please see attachment for detailed changes.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 5, 2011

RE: Elimination of BNC Notice of Meeting of Creditors to Debtors' Attorneys

On October 3, 2011 the court began operations under Bankruptcy CM/ECF Release 4.1.  Release 4.1 will support an additional noticing-related improvement provided by the court's Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) contractor.

In the past you received the 341 notice by notice of electronic filing (NEF) with the debtor's redacted Social Security number (SSN) and by U.S. Mail through the BNC with the debtor's full SSN.  The improvement provided with CM/ECF Release 4.1 allows the BNC to send you an email containing a secure hyperlink to the unredacted 341 notice in place of a paper notice.  The BNC will send one summary email per day containing hyperlinks to one or more notices.  Each hyperlink provides one free look to the full notice.  You will no longer receive the paper 341 notice from the BNC.  

A sample BNC email notification is provided at the following web page: Sample.  Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100 if you have questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

October 5, 2011

RE: New Bankruptcy Judge - District of North Dakota

See attached letter regarding the appointment of The Honorable Shon Hastings as Bankruptcy Judge for the District of North Dakota.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

September 21, 2011

Effective immediately,  the CM/ECF Judge/Trustee assignment feature is available for use by attorneys.  Thank you for your patience while the system was unavailable.

Please call our office at 701-297-7100, should you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 22, 2011

Effective today, August 22, 2011, the CM/ECF Judge/Trustee assignment feature will not be operational.  Upon the filing of a new case, the clerk's office staff will input the judge and trustee information and create the 341 meeting entry.

We will inform you when this feature is available for use.

Please call our office at 701-297-7100, should you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

August 5, 2011

Public Notice - Appointment to Panel of Chapter 7 Trustees

Attached please find a public notice from the United States Trustee - Region 12.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

January 28, 2011

Attached is the Public Notice regarding the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge position for the United States Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

December 16, 2010

Re: Address Change for Internal Revenue Service

Effective January 1, 2011, notice of bankruptcy filings and all correspondence pertaining to bankruptcy cases should be sent to the IRS at the following new address:

Internal Revenue Service
PO Box 7346
Philadelphia, PA  19101-7346

The toll-free telephone number for the IRS will remain the same (800) 913-9358 but its fax number will change to (267) 941-1015.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

December 1, 2010

Re: General Order Regarding Interim Rule 1007-I

Attached is a general order dated November 30, 2010 issued by the Honorable William A. Hill.  The order adopts the revision to Interim Rule 1007-I regarding time changes effective December 1, 2010.

Please call the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100 if you have questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST:

November 23, 2010

Re: Rule Amendments Effective December 1, 2010

Attached is a Memorandum outlining changes to the Court's CM/ECF system and electronic filing procedures that will take effect December 1, 2010.  These modifications are being implemented in response to the newest round of Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure.  Please see attachment for additional information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

August 30, 2010

Re: Proposed Amendments Published for Public Comment

The Judicial Conference Advisory Committees on Bankruptcy and Criminal Rules have proposed amendments to their respective rules and requested that the proposals be circulated to the bench, bar, and public for comment.  The proposed amendments, Rules Committee reports explaining the proposed changes, and other information are posted on the Judiciary's Federal Rulemaking web site. The comment period ends on February 16, 2011.

  • Bankruptcy Rules 3001, 7054, 7056, and Official Forms 10 and 25A


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

August 2, 2010

Re: Bankruptcy Statistics for Each State Now Available on Interactive Map

Certain statistical information about bankruptcy filings in your state, and how you state compares with all others, is newly available on an interactive map.

The map, prepared by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, displays the average "net scheduled debt" for consumer bankruptcy filings in 2009.  Net scheduled debt is the difference between someone's total reported debt and the amount of reported debt that cannot be discharged, or forgiven, in bankruptcy court.

The Administrative Office is required to report such statistics to Congress under a 2005 federal law, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

Please click this link to view the map.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

July 19, 2010

Re: Additional Text Orders

We are adding two new text entries for orders on uncontested matters as noted below and it will no longer be necessary to submit proposed orders regarding these motions.   The text entry orders will function similar to other text orders, such as an Order Granting Application for Compensation and there will not be a hyperlink to a document.   Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100 if you have questions or concerns.

SAMPLE - TEXT ORDER RE  MOTION TO EXTEND DEADLINE TO OBJECT TO DISCHARGE

07/09/2010 13 Order Granting Motion Extend Time to Object to Discharge (Related Doc # 6).  Date Extended to: [Date inserted]  HEREBY ORDERED by Judge WILLIAM A. HILL. (Text only order).  Signed on July 9, 2010  (dgs, Court) (Entered 7/9/2010)


SAMPLE - TEXT ORDER RE MOTION BY DEBTOR TO DELAY DISCHARGE
7/09/2010 34 Order Granting Motion to Delay Discharge (Related Doc # 33) Date Extended to:  [Date inserted] HEREBY ORDERED by Judge WILLIAM A. HILL. (Text only order) Signed on July 9, 2010  (dgs, Court) (Entered 7/9/2010)
       


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

July 7, 2010

Re: Change to Bankruptcy Noticing Center Practices

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has announced a Bankruptcy Noticing Center (BNC) program enhancement that will significantly reduce the volume of returned mail handled by courts, debtors' attorneys and debtors.  Please read the attached Memorandum for further information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

April 19, 2010

Re: Electronic Public Access (EPA) Fee Schedule Change

The Judicial Conference amended the Electronic Public Access Fee Schedule for the appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Judicial Panel on Multi-district Litigation.  The fee schedule was amended to waive fees of less than $10 in a quarterly billing cycle rather than in a year, and to establish a fee of $2.40 for access to digital audio files.

The change from a yearly to a quarterly waiver is effective immediately.  The digital audio fee change will become effective this summer.  In the interim, the current charge of $0.08 per file will remain in place.

In addition, the federal judiciary's Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) system, which allows users to access more than 500 million court documents on-line, is improving its search functions.  Please click the link below (or copy/past the link into your browser) to view this short video describing search feature enhancements:
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U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

March 23, 2010

In Re: Automatic Adjustments to Certain Dollar Amounts in the Bankruptcy Code and Official Forms

On April 1, 2010, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision in Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective.  The amended dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2010.  Attorneys who utilize petition software for bankruptcy forms should contact their vendor to ensure the amended forms are correct as of April 1, 2010.  Please see attached notice for further information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 18, 2009

Re: New! On-Line ECF User Manual

Throughout the years each deputy clerk has maintained a paper manual to manage their individual case administration procedure notes. These notes included typed notes, photocopies, post-it notes, hand-written notes and other random materials that would assist them in their daily activities. This was an inefficient method of managing documentation and providing service to the public. The Bankruptcy Clerk's Office employees started weekly meetings to collaborate and combine their notes and develop a single on-line user manual. The result of the foregoing effort is the creation of an on-line ECF user manual for attorneys, trustees and limited use participants.

We are very proud of our efforts and believe this will be a helpful tool for your use. This manual was developed using a software product that allowed us to build, manage and publish content in a format that is in a searchable format and includes a table of contents and index. This tool functions best if Internet Explorer is used as your web browser. Please provide us with your feedback and suggestions for improvement as you use the ECF Manual, or if you have any procedural questions contact us (701) 297-7100.

The ECF User Manual can be found on our website at: www.ndb.uscourts.gov> ECF User Manual>
At the Welcome page select <show> located in the upper left-hand corner


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 17, 2009

Re: Reaffirmation Agreement Cover Sheet

This notice serves as a reminder that effective December 1, 2009 the Cover Sheet Form B27 is required with every reaffirmation agreement filed with the court. This form gathers certain financial information, including information necessary for the court to determine whether a reaffirmation agreement creates a presumption of undue hardship under §524(m) of the Code and it allows the debtor to provide additional information that may rebut such a presumption. To implement the requirements of Bankruptcy Rule 4008(b), the form also provides for a disclosure of any differences between the income and expenses reported on schedules I and J and the income and expenses reported in the debtor's statement in support of the reaffirmation agreement, together with an explanation of any such differences. Please ensure this cover sheet is filed with every reaffirmation agreement. The form is attached for your convenience or can be found on the court's website at www:ndb.uscourts.gov

Contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at (701) 297-7100 with any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

November 23, 2009

In Re: Re: Important Notice Regarding Time Period Changes Effective December 1, 2009, Including 14-Day Deadlines for Filing Schedules, Statements, Chapter 13 Plans, and Bankruptcy Appellate Briefs

Among the time-computation amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure that will take effect on December 1, 2009, are changes to 12 rules that will result in a reduction by one day (from 15 to 14 days) of the time to take action. The affected rules are Bankruptcy Rules 1007, 1019, 1020, 2015, 2015.1, 2016, 3015, 4001, 4002, 6004, 6007, and 8009. Please take note of these changes and particularly of the new 14-day deadline for filing schedules, statements, and other documents under Rule 1007(c); for filing a chapter 13 plan under Rule 3015(b); and for filing appellate briefs under Rule 8009(a).


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

October 5, 2009

In Re: Letter and General Order Regarding Time Computation Pursuant to the December 1, 2009 Rule Amendments

See attached letter and General Order regarding time computations pursuant to the December 1, 2009 Rule Amendments, along with supporting documentation and information. Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office if you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

August 21, 2009

RE: RECAP SOFTWARE USAGE

The court would like to make CM/ECF filers aware of certain security concerns relating to a software application or "plug-in" called RECAP, which was designed by a group from Princeton University to enable the sharing of court documents on the Internet.

Once a user loads RECAP, documents that he or she subsequently accesses via PACER are automatically sent to a public Internet repository. Other RECAP/PACER users are then able to see whether documents are available from the Internet repository. RECAP captures District and Bankruptcy Court documents, but has not yet incorporated Appellate Court functionality. At this time, RECAP does not appear to provide users with access to restricted or sealed documents. Please be aware that RECAP is "open-source" software, which can be freely obtained by anyone with Internet access and modified for benign or malicious purposes, such as facilitating unauthorized access to restricted or sealed documents. Accordingly, CM/ECF filers are reminded to be diligent about their computer security practices to ensure that documents are not inadvertently shared or compromised.

The court and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts will continue to analyze the implications of RECAP or related software and advise you of any ongoing or further concerns.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

July 23, 2009

Re: New Scanner Settings for Documents Uploaded into CM/ECF

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has been working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) regarding archival preservation and continued use of scanned images in the Judiciary's Case Management/Electronic Case File (CM/ECF) system. Previously, NARA had recommended a scanning resolution setting of 200 dots per inch (dpi) to produce a high quality document with a file size that did not hamper the length of time it took to scan, load and retrieve the document.

Since that time, NARA has published higher standards for scanning resolution to better support archival preservation. The attached specification sheet outlines the current NARA standards/recommendations. I would ask that, effective immediately, parties filing documents with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota adjust their scanner settings to allow for a minimum of 300 pixels per inch (ppi). We have increased the maximum file size setting on the Court's CM/ECF system to 3 MB to allow for higher scanning settings without requiring additional splitting of filed documents.

Thank you for your attention in this matter. Please contact this office if you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

April 17, 2009

Re: General Order abolishing Local Bankruptcy Rule 3005-1

See General Order abolishing Local Bankruptcy Rule 3005-1. Effective immediately all proof of claims shall be filed with the proper supporting attachments. Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100 if you have questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

February 4, 2009

Re: Policy and Procedures Concerning the Electronic Availability and Redaction of Transcripts of Court Proceedings

In accordance with Judicial Conference Policy and Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 9037, effective with the upgrade of CM/ECF Ver. 3.3.1 scheduled February 23, 2009, we will implement the attached policy regarding official court transcripts. Please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office if you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 14, 2008

Re: The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

Attached is a General Order adopting Interim Bankruptcy Rule 1007-I to implement the National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 12, 2008

Re: The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008

The National Guard and Reservists Debt Relief Act of 2008, Pub.L. 110-438, provides a temporary exclusion from the bankruptcy means test for Reservists and members of the National Guard called to a minimum of 90 days active duty or homeland defense activity after September 11, 2001. The Judicial Conference has approved an amendment to Official Form 22A, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test calculation, which includes a new Part 1C where qualifying debtors could invoke the exclusion.

Please see attached Memorandum for additional information and filing instructions. The Official Form and Interim Rule are posted on the pending forms page at www.uscourts.gov/bankform/index.html


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 1, 2008

Re: Change to Director's Procedural Bankruptcy Form Effective on December 1, 2008

An amendment to Director's Procedural Form B 201 will be effective on December 1, 2008. Form B 201 has been amended to advise debtors that Rule 4002 requires the debtor to notify the court of any changes in the debtor's address. As revised, Form B 201 also states that joint debtors who list the same mailing address on the bankruptcy petition generally will receive a single copy of each notice mailed from the bankruptcy court in a jointly-addressed envelope. On December 1, 2008 this amended form will be posted on our website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov or can be reviewed immediately at http://www.uscourts.gov/bankform/index.html.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

December 1, 2008

Re: New Rules and Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure to Take Effect December 1, 2008

The following new rules and amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure will take effect on December 1, 2008

Bankruptcy Rules 1005, 1006, 1007, 1009, 1010, 1011, 1015, 1017, 1019, 1020,
2002, 2003, 2007.1, 2015, 3002, 3003, 3016, 3017.1, 3019, 4002, 4003, 4004,
4006, 4007, 4008, 5001, 5003, 6004, 7012, 7022, 7023.1, 8001, 8003, 9006, 9009,
and 9024 and new Bankruptcy Rules 1021, 2007.2, 2015.1, 2015.2, 2015.3,
5008, and 6011.

The above rule amendments and new rules implement the substantive and procedural changes to the Bankruptcy Code made by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA). As you know, Interim Rules have been in use since October 2005, while the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules studied BAPCPA and prepared permanent national rules through the customary three-year rulemaking process.

Please see attached General Order entered November 20, 2008 rescinding the Interim Rules effective December 1, 2008, when the new permanent rules and amendments take effect.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

November 7, 2008

Re: Digital Audio Recording

Effective November 3, 2008, all courtroom proceedings for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of North Dakota are captured on digital audio. Transcription services will be listed on our website and the transcribers may be contacted directly for a cost estimate, delivery time options and payment information. Since the digital recording system in the courtroom is ultra sensitive please take caution to avoid having confidential conversations held at counsel tables or in the audience recorded by the system. There is a mute feature at the base of the microphones at counsel tables to prevent sound from being broadcast over the speakers. Your hand must be placed over the control button to activate the mute feature. Contact Sharon Horsager at (701) 297-7142 or sharon_horsager@ndb.uscourts.gov if you would like a demonstration of the digital recording equipment.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:

November 5 , 2008

Re: Access for Cogent Customers

Users of the Cogent internet service provider may be unable to access PACER, CM/ECF and certain federal court websites. If you are unable to file documents or have questions, please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100.


 

 

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