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Local Rules Lawyers' Advisory Committee Solicits Proposals for New or Revised Local Rules
The Local Rules Lawyers’ Advisory Committee invites interested parties, including members of the Bar and Court employees, to submit their suggestions, comments, and proposals for proposed new Local Rules or revisions to our current Local Rules. Suggestions should be submitted no later than September 15, 2018. 
Please click this link to submit recommendations to the committee: http://pacer.flmb.uscourts.gov/localrules/comments-with-form-LocalRules.asp

Generally, the Judges of the Middle District of Florida promulgate new or revised Local Rules to be effective as of July 1 of each year. Suggestions that were received in 2017 have been carried over for additional consideration and a proposed effective date of July 1, 2019. These suggestions include:

Local Rule 1002-1 1002-1 Petition – Filing on Debtor’s Behalf by a Court-Appointed Representative, Holder of Power of Attorney, Proposed Next Friend, or Guardian Ad Litem: proposed revision to streamline the procedures and to provide that if a case is filed by a person other than the debtor, the Court will automatically schedule a "Status Conference Regarding Authority to File Bankruptcy Case."

Local Rule 2002-4 Negative Notice Procedure: proposed revision to conform the local rule to Amended Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 3007 regarding objections to claims.

Local Rule 3022-1(b) Final Report/Decree (Chapter 11) – Individual Debtor: proposed revision to update procedures for reopening the case and obtaining a discharge to include an affidavit or declaration that all required payments have been made with an attached spreadsheet.

Proposed new Local Rule governing motions to incorporate the negative notice rule (LBR 2002-4) and refer to the negative notice list and accompanying orders list; provide mechanism for moving party to request that a response date be set; and include migrate emergency hearing procedures now described in Local Rule 9004-1.

If you have comments on the above proposals or additional proposals for new or revised Local Rules, please be sure to submit your recommendations.
Public Notice for the Appointment of a Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division
The Middle District of Florida will appoint a full-time magistrate judge for the Orlando division. The annual salary is $191,360. The term office is eight years, beginning March 1, 2019. The magistrate judge must remain in the Orlando division.

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