Official Bankruptcy Forms Update - Effective 12/1/2015
REAPPOINTMENT OF JUDGE PAUL W. BONAPFEL - NORTHERN DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
Official Bankruptcy Forms are scheduled to be replaced with substantially revised, reformatted, and renumbered versions effective December 1, 2015. Attorneys and Bankruptcy Petition Preparers should use the revised Official Forms for all cases to be filed on or after December 1, 2015. Those who use petition preparation software are advised to contact their provider for updated software. The revised forms and other related information can be found on the U.S. Courts website at http://www.uscourts.gov/rules-policies/pending-rules-amendments/pending-changes-bankruptcy-forms.
The current 14-year term of office of The Honorable Paul W. Bonapfel, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Georgia at Atlanta, is due to expire on 9 April 2016. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit presently is considering whether to reappoint Judge Bonapfel to a new 14-year term of office. Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals.
Official Bankruptcy Filing Statistics Released 12-month period ending June 30, 2015
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Nationally, bankruptcy filings for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2015 fell 12% when compared to the same time period last year. Filings for Florida Middle fell 13.8% during this time period. Currently, Florida Middle is the fourth busiest bankruptcy court in terms of total filings and ranks second in the total number of business filings. 18.5% of our cases are filed without an attorney.