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

August 27, 2007

Re: General Order Re Confirmation of Chapter 13 Plans

Attached is a general order issued by The Honorable William A. Hill that effective September 4, 2007 if no objections to a Chapter 13 plan are timely filed following appropriate notice and service and if the case trustee reports to the Court that the plan or any subsequently amended plan may be confirmed as filed, the scheduled confirmation hearing will not be held.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
July 16, 2007

We have scheduled a training opportunities regarding electronic case filing on September 26 & 27, 2007 in Bismarck, ND.

September 26, 2007 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Case Opening and Filing for the Debtor's Attorney/Staff. This class will focus on case opening, motions, plans, amendments, objections, adversary cases, reports, etc. from the perspective of debtor's attorney and his or her staff.

September 26, 2007 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ECF for the Creditor's Attorney/Staff. This class will focus on motions, notices of appearance, proofs of claim, objections, adversary cases, reports, etc. from the perspective of a creditor's attorney and his or her staff.

September 27, 2007 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. ECF User Computer Lab. An informal two hour session in which attendees will be able to target specific ECF problems or questions to court personnel. Since there is not a formal agenda scheduled, attendees can come and go during this time period as their schedule allows. Registration is required.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
June 30, 2007

Attached are statistics for the six month period of January 1, 2007 through June 30, 2007


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
May 30, 2007

Re:ECF Training Opportunity - Fargo, ND

We have scheduled a training session regarding electronic case filing on July 18, 2007 in Fargo, ND.

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U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
April 16, 2007

Re:Bankruptcy Filings in Calendar Year 2006

Bankruptcy filings in the federal courts dropped 70 percent in calendar year 2006, according to data released today by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. However, bankruptcies filed for the last three months of calendar year 2006 were the highest of any quarter in the calendar year. The statistics cover the first full 12-month period in which the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) has been in effect.  The news release can be viewed at Press Release along with individual charts on filings.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
March 9, 2007

Re: AUTOMATIC ADJUSTMENT OF CERTAIN DOLLAR AMOUNTS IN THE BANKRUPTCY CODE AND OFFICIAL BANKRUPTCY FORMS

On April 1, 2007, automatic adjustments to the dollar amounts stated in various provisions of the Bankruptcy Code and one provision of Title 28 of the United States Code will become effective. The amended dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2007.

The amended dollar amounts will affect, among other matters, the eligibility of a debtor to file under chapters 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code, certain maximum values of property that a debtor may claim as exempt, the maximum amount of certain claims entitled to priority, the calculation of the “means test” for chapter 7 debtors, the duration of a chapter 13 plan, the definition of a small business debtor, the minimum aggregate value of claims needed to commence an involuntary bankruptcy, the value of “luxury goods and services” deemed to be nondischargeable, and the location where the trustee may commence certain proceedings to recover a money judgment or property. In the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994, as amended by the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, Congress provided for the automatic adjustment of these dollar amounts at three-year intervals. The relevant provisions are codified in 11 U.S.C. § 104(b).

The adjustments reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the United States Department of Labor for the three-year period ending December 31, 2006, and rounded to the nearest $25. Use of this formula to adjust specified dollar amounts in the Bankruptcy Code is prescribed by 11 U.S.C. § 104(b)(1). On February 14, 2007, the Judicial Conference published the revised dollar amounts in volume 72, number 30, of the Federal Register, at page 7082, as required under 11 U.S.C. § 104(b)(2).1 The next three year automatic adjustment of these dollar amounts will be published before March 1, 2010, and take effect April 1, 2010. Attached is a chart showing the affected sections of the Bankruptcy Code and Title 28 and both the current and the revised dollar amounts in those sections.  Seven of the Official Bankruptcy Forms contain references to several of the affected dollar amounts.

• Official Form 1, Voluntary Petition
• Official Form 6C, Schedule of Property Claimed as Exempt
• Official Form 6E, Schedule of Creditors Holding Claims Entitled to Priority
• Official Form 7, Statement of Financial Affairs
• Official Form 10, Proof of Claim
• Official Form 22A, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Means Test Calculation (Chapter 7)
• Official Form 22C, Statement of Current Monthly Income and Calculation of Commitment Period and Disposable Income (Chapter 13)

These forms will be amended April 1, 2007, and will apply to cases filed on or after that date . Excerpts of the amended forms with the changes indicated are also attached. The revised forms incorporating the changes will be posted on our website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
March 9, 2007

Re: Document Stamp Information on PDF Pages

Recently a frequent filer suggested we use a feature that they had noticed while filing documents with another CM/ECF court. This enhancement marks a "stamp" at the top of the page of each pdf document that is filed indicating the bankruptcy case number, document number, date filed and the number of pages. (See attached example) Thanks for the great suggestion, frequent filer! If you have any questions or concerns about this feature, please contact the Bankruptcy Clerk's Office at 701-297-7100.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
March 9, 2007

Re: Text Orders

Soon we will be using text entries for several orders on uncontested matters as noted below. These text entry orders will function similar to other text entries, such as the Trustee's Report of No Distribution 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.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
February 8, 2007

Re: Bankruptcy Fraud Hotline

As part of the Department of Justice’s efforts to combat bankruptcy fraud and abuse and to protect the integrity of the bankruptcy system, the Executive Office of the United States Trustees has launched an Internet hotline which will allow the public to report suspected instances of bankruptcy fraud. Instructions for filing a report of suspected bankruptcy fraud are provided by the United States Trustees Program at www.usdoj.gov/ust/eo/fraud/index.htm .   A link to this website has been added to our internet site at www.ndb.uscourts.gov.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
Janurary 23, 2007

Re: U.S. Trustees’ Means Testing Information Web Page

The Executive Office of the U.S. Trustees (EOUST) has updated its Means Test Information web page. The web page assists debtors in the completion of their means test forms and can be at http://www.usdoj.gov/ust/eo/bapcpa/meanstesting.htm. Recent updates to this page reflect the Consumer Price Index (CPI) data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on January 19, 2007 and any corresponding adjustments to State Median Family Income figures to reflect the percentage change in the CPI. The U.S. Trustee Program will apply the updated data to cases filed on or after February 1, 2007.
Please contact our local U.S. Trustee's office at 605-330-4450 or the U.S. Trustee's e-mail support for this web page at ust.mt.help@usdoj.gov if you have any questions.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
Janurary 17, 2007

Re: Enhanced Services - Mailing Matrix Generated Via Court's CM/ECF System

The Bankruptcy Noticing Center has announced that effective January 8, 2007, mailing lists (matrices) that are produced locally at the court or by registered users of CM/ECF will clearly identify National Creditor Registration Service (NCRS) preferred addresses.  The label will include the original address filed by the debtor along with the preferred address filed with the BNC contractor.  In addition, all duplicate and undeliverable addresses will be identified clearly on the mailing label sheet in order to reduce the transmission of unnecessary notices locally by the court or case participant(s).  Attached is a sample case mailing matrix to illustrate these enhancements.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
December 22, 2006

Re: Fee Changes effective January 1, 2007

The following is a summary of the changes to the fee schedule:

Authorized Direct Appeal                                  $    200.00

Chapter 7 Reopening or Splitting Case        $    260.00
Chapter 13 Reopening or Splitting Case     $     235.00
Chapter 15 Reopening Case                         $ 1,000.00
Conversion from Chapter 12 to Chapter 7    $      60.00
Conversion from Chapter 13 to Chapter 7    $      25.00
Conversion from Chapter 12 to Chapter 13  $      35.00
Conversion from Chapter 12 to Chapter 11  $    800.00


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
December 5, 2006

Re: Miscellaneous Fee Schedule Increase - Effective January 1, 2007

On September 19, 2006 the Judicial Conference approved several changes to the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule and the Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee schedule relating to implementation of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BAPCPA) (Pub.L.No.109-8) and the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) (Pub.L.No. 109-171). The changes to these fees will become effective on January 1, 2007.

I have attached for your reference, the Bankruptcy Court Miscellaneous Fee Schedule and the Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
December 4, 2006

Re: Amendments to the Rules of Practice, Procedure, and Evidence

Congress took no action on the amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil, and Criminal Procedure, and the Federal Rules of Evidence, approved by the United States Supreme Court on April 12, 2006. Accordingly, the following amendments to the rules took effect on December 1, 2006:
  • Appellate Rule 25 and new Appellate Rule 32.1;
  • Bankruptcy Rules 1009, 5005, and 7004;
  • Civil Rules 5, 9, 14, 16, 24, 26, 33, 34, 37, 45, 50, and 65.1; Civil Form 35; and Supplemental Rules A, C, and E; and new Civil Rule 5.1; and new Supplemental Rule G;
  • Criminal Rules 5, 6, 32.1, 40, 41, and 58; and
  • Evidence Rules 404, 408, 606, and 609.

The amendments can be reviewed at the following link: http://www.uscourts.gov/rules/congress0406.html


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
October 12, 2006

Re: Bankruptcy Clerk's Newsletter re CM/ECF v 3.1 Changes On October 16, 2006, the Court's CM/ECF system will be upgraded to version 3.1. This version primarily addresses the statistical requirements of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA). See the attached newsletter for an overview regarding some of the changes that are included in the new version.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
October 5, 2006

Re: BAPCPA Statistical Reporting Requirements (Version 3.1 of CM/ECF) CM/ECF Release 3.1 has been primarily designed to address the statistical requirements of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and the Judicial Conference's Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. To ensure compliance with these requirements, CM/ECF will not be available for electronic filing and/or research during the software upgrade on Monday, October 16, 2006 between the hours of 7:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. You must contact your bankruptcy preparation software vendor to obtain the necessary software upgrades for Version 3.1. Additional information regarding new docket events, forms and filing requirements will be forthcoming.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
September 29, 2006

Effective October 1, 2006 Judge Hill has adopted revised Interim Rule 1007 as approved by the Judicial Conference. The revisions to Interim Rule 1007 address problems arising from the debtors' obligation to file a certificate showing that they completed the credit counseling as required under the bankruptcy code within the 180 days period to commencing a bankruptcy case. This rule also establishes the requirement for filing Exhibit D to Official Form 1. See attachments. The revised Official Forms were approved by the Judicial Conference of the United States on September 19, 2006 and take effect on October 1, 2006. The revisions to Official Forms 1,5,6,9,22A,22C , 23 and new Exhibit D to Official Form 1 implement the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005. The new forms are available on the U.S. Courts web site at and will also be posted October 2, 2006 on our website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
September 26, 2006

The judiciary's Electronic Bankruptcy Noticing (EBN) program now offers additional e-mail notification options for paper notice recipients. The EBN E-mail Link service, similar to the CM/ECF Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF), provides subscribers with an e-mail containing links to a PDF version of the notice instead of sending a paper copy. This service is aimed at the large volume of creditors who are not registered users of the court's CM/ECF system (e.g., creditors listed in the debtor's schedules who may not have attorney representation). See the attached Memorandum for additional information.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
September 22, 2006

CM/ECF Release 3.1 has been primarily designed to address the statistical requirements of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) and the Judicial Conference's Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. To ensure compliance with these requirements, the ECF system will be unavailable from Saturday, October 7 through Monday, October 9, 2006. After this date significant changes have been incorporated into the case opening processes of CM/ECF that may not permit the filing of a bankruptcy petition or adversary complaint using your current software release. I offer this advanced notification of our conversion date so that you may, in turn, relay that date to your respective bankruptcy preparation software providers. By providing your vendors with advanced notification of our conversion date they will be in a position to provide you with the necessary updates.

Attached are the CM/ECF 3.1 Release Notes offered by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts summarizing the changes you may notice when using CM/ECF after the 3.1 release. We will be customizing events for the District of North Dakota so what you see after our conversion may be somewhat different than described in this document.


U.S. BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NORTH DAKOTA BROADCAST SUMMARY:
August 18, 2006

The Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has proposed amendments to seven of the Bankruptcy Official Forms and one new Official Form. If approved by the Judicial Conference at its meeting on September 19, 2006, the proposed new Exhibit D to Official Form 1 and the amendments to Official Forms 1, 5, 6, 9, 22A, 22C, and 23 will be effective on October 1, 2006. Although the proposed amendments have not yet been approved by the Judicial Conference, draft copies of the amendments will be available on the Bankruptcy Forms Pending Final Approval page of the judiciary's website at http://www.uscourts.gov/bankform/index.html in order to give the courts, the bar, forms publishers, and software vendors additional time to implement the amendments.

  • The proposed amendments to Official Form 1, Voluntary Petition, Official Form 5, Involuntary Schedule, and Official Form 6, Schedules of Assets and Liabilities, implement the statistical reporting requirements of the 2005 Bankruptcy Act that take effect on October 17, 2006. The proposed amendments include revisions to Official Form 6 Summary, Schedules 6D, 6E, 6F, 6I, and 6J, and Official Form 6 Declaration.
  • The proposed new Exhibit D to Official Form 1 highlights the debtor's obligation to seek credit counseling before filing a bankruptcy petition and the severe consequences for failing to timely do so.
  • The proposed amendments to Official Form 9G and Official Form 9H would add "family fisherman" to the category of debtors eligible for relief under Chapter 12 and the proposed amendment to Official Form 9I would provide general notice of the potential for the Internal Revenue Service to file a claim – based on the debtor's income tax return – well after the normal deadline for filing a proof of claim in a Chapter 13 case.
  • The proposed amendments to Official Forms 22A and 22C are stylistic and conform to new terms adopted in the 2005 Bankruptcy Act. Official Form 23 would be amended to require the debtor to verify completion of an instructional course on personal financial management by including the number of the certificate of completion.

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