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December 1, 2019 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (Posted: Wednesday, December 4, 2019)


The following amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure took effect on December 1, 2019:
  • Rule 4001(c) - Amended to clarify that Rule 4001(c), "Obtaining Credit," does not apply in Chapter 13 cases.

  • Rule 6007 - Amended to specify service requirements for motions to compel the trustee or debtor in possession to abandon property and a 14 day objection deadline. To implement this amendment, the Court has revised the Negative Notice list to shorten the response period for Motions to Compel Abandonment from 21 days to 14 days.

  • Rule 9036 - Amended to provide that notice to or service on a registered user is complete upon the filing of the notice or paper with the court's electronic-filing system (CM/ECF). The amended rule does not apply to pleadings or papers required to be served in accordance with Rule 7004.

  • Rule 9037 - Amended to add new paragraph (h) regarding motions to redact previously filed documents and for the court to restrict public access to the motion and the unredacted documents pending its ruling on the motion. To implement this amendment, the CM/ECF filing event "Motion to Redact" has been programmed to automatically restrict the viewing of a motion to redact to the filer, the trustee (if any), and the U.S. Trustee.
In addition, Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 26.1(c) has been amended to require the appellant in a bankruptcy appeal to file a statement that (1) identifies each debtor not named in the caption and (2) for each debtor that is a corporation, discloses the information required by information required by Rule 26.1(a).


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers (Posted: Tuesday, November 19, 2019)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2019, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. The program is open to all new and experienced lawyers. Judge McEwen's special guest for this program is: John Lesko, Florida Lawyers Assistance Outreach Representative.

Program Description: The Features of a Legal Practice - How and Why Lawyers Are So Often Impacted by the Stressors Inherent to the Profession

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


Public Comment Requested - Interim Bankruptcy Rules to Accompany the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, P.L. 116-54 (SBRA) (Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2019)

On February 19, 2020, the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, P.L. 116-54 (SBRA) will go into effect - long before the normal three-year rules amendment process runs its course. As a temporary measure, the Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules has drafted Interim Bankruptcy Rules for adoption by courts as local rules or by general order when the SBRA goes into effect. The Advisory Committee has also drafted amendments to the Official forms to address the SBRA. The Standing Committee now seeks comment on the proposed SBRA rules and forms prior to making final recommendations.
  • Interim Bankruptcy Rules 1007(b), 1007(h), 1020, 2009, 2012(a), 2015, 3010(b), 3011, and 3016.

  • Official Forms 101, 201, 309E, 309F, 314, 315, 425A, and new Official Forms 309E2, and 309F2

Please note the comment period is open from October 16, 2019 to November 3, 2019.

Click HERE to view the Draft of the proposed amendments and supporting materials.

Click HERE to submit or view comments on the Proposed Interim Bankruptcy Rules and Official Forms.

Click HERE to view detailed instructions on how to submit a comment.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available (Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2019)

Click HERE to view the October 2019 edition.


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers (Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2019)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, 2019, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. The program is open to all new and experienced lawyers.

Program Title: Town Hall Meeting to Brainstorm Ways to Stop Abusive Serial Filers

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


CM/ECF Planned Outage - Maintenance Scheduled (October 12 - 14, 2019) - POSTPONED (Posted: Friday, October 11, 2019)

Due to technical reasons beyond our control the CM/ECF maintenance that was scheduled has been postponed.

The system will be available the Columbus day weekend October 12-14, 2019.


CM/ECF Planned Outage - Maintenance Scheduled (October 12 - 14, 2019) - POSTPONED (Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2019)

Due to a maintenance release of CM/ECF, the CM/ECF Application will be unavailable from 8:00 a.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019, through 9:00 p.m. Monday, October 14, 2019. POSTPONED


Bankruptcy Judge Caryl E. Delano appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge (Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2019)

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has appointed Judge Caryl E. Delano as the Middle District's chief bankruptcy judge for a four-year term commencing October 1, 2019. Judge Delano succeeds Judge Michael G. Williamson, whose term as chief judge ends on September 30, 2019.


Third Amended Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Management Program, FLMB-2019-5 (Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida posted an updated Administrative Order: FLMB-2019-5, Third Amended Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Management Program. The amended order clarifies the procedures set forth in the Amended Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification (Admin. Order. No. FLMB-2019-2) and the Second Amended Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification (Admin. Order. No. FLMB-2019-4).

Click HERE to view Administrative Order FLMB-2019-5.


C.A.R.E. Kickoff Orientation - Tampa, Florida (Posted: Friday, September 20, 2019)

An orientation luncheon for the C.A.R.E. program will be held on October 9, 2019, at 12:00 p.m. in the Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse fifth floor bankruptcy training room in Tampa.

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


CLOSING OF UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA - JACKSONVILLE DIVISION - DUE TO HURRICANE DORIAN (Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court's Jacksonville Division will remain CLOSED on Wednesday, September 4, 2019.

All court hearings scheduled during this period are cancelled. Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct routine business in person at the United States Bankruptcy Court's Jacksonville division.

The Jacksonville division of the court is expected to resume normal business operations on Thursday, September 5, 2019. The Orlando division of the court will resume normal business operations on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The public is advised to continue to check the court's website at www.flmb.uscourts.gov and listen to all local news broadcasts for information on the status of federal court operations in each division.


CLOSING OF UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA - ORLANDO and JACKSONVILLE DIVISIONS - DUE TO HURRICANE DORIAN (Posted: Monday, September 2, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court Orlando and Jacksonville Divisions will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

All court hearings scheduled during this period are cancelled. Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct routine business in person at the United States Bankruptcy Court Orlando of Jacksonville Divisions.

Additionally, the Office of the United States Trustee has cancelled ALL Section 341 meetings of creditors scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Orlando.

The Orlando and Jacksonville divisions of the court are expected to resume normal business operations on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The public is advised to continue to check the court's website at www.flmb.uscourts.gov and listen to all local news broadcasts for information on the status of federal court operations in each Division.


CLOSING OF UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA - ORLANDO - DUE TO HURRICANE DORIAN (Posted: Sunday, September 1, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court Orlando Division will be CLOSED on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

All court hearings scheduled during this period are cancelled. Attorneys and the public will NOT be able to conduct routine business in person at the United States Bankruptcy Court Orlando Division.

Additionally, the Office of the United States Trustee has cancelled ALL Section 341 meetings of creditors scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in Orlando.

The Orlando division of the court is expected to resume normal business operations on Wednesday, September 4, 2019. The public is advised to continue to check the court's website at www.flmb.uscourts.gov and listen to all local news broadcasts for information on the status of federal court operations in each Division.


Due to Hurricane Dorian, All September 3, 2019 Hearings in Fort Myers Division Are Cancelled (Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019)

Please see the attached Memorandum from the Hon. Caryl E. Delano, Presiding Judge of the Fort Myers Division regarding Rescheduling of September 3, 2019 Hearings and meetings of creditors under § 341 of the Bankruptcy Code. The Memorandum may be viewed by Clicking Here.


Second Amended Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Management Program, FLMB-2019-4 (Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida posted an updated Administrative Order: FLMB-2019-4, Second Amended Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Management Program. This amended order changes the effective date from September 1, 2019, to October 1, 2019.

Click HERE to view Administrative Order FLMB-2019-4.


Revised Chapter 13 Model Plan Effective September 1, 2019 (Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019)

The Middle District of Florida's Model Chapter 13 Plan has been revised, effective September 1, 2019. The revised Model Plan more clearly informs debtors that if they elect certain plan treatments of secured claims, they will not receive a discharge of those claims. See Sections C.(5)(a), (b), (c), (h), (i), and (k), and Sections 6.(a) and (b). In addition, Sections 5.(a) and (b) clarify that debtors may cure arrearages on homeowner's and condominium assessments and may, but need not, include the payment of post-petition assessments in their plan payments. The revised Model Plan also includes several non-substantive revisions.

Click HERE to view the fillable form.
Click HERE to view the non-fillable form.


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers (Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2019)
The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Wednesday, August 28, 2019, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. Judge McEwen's special guest for this program is: Sue-Helen Motley, Esquire, Bay Area Legal Services.

Program Title: THE GREYING DEBTOR CLASS - Curing Reverse Mortgage Defaults; Elder Fraud; Death Issues; and Foreclosure Strategies

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


Administrative Order Governing Retention of Special Counsel in Consumer Protection Cases, FLMB-2019-3 (Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has established procedures for the retention of special counsel in Consumer Protection Cases. These procedures will assist the Court in administering the large number of Consumer Protection cases filed with the Court.

Click HERE to view Administrative Order FLMB-2019-3.


Amended Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification Program, FLMB-2019-2 (Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019)
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida posted an updated Administrative Order: FLMB-2019-2, Amended Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification Program. This amended order changes the effective date from August 1, 2019, to September 1, 2019.

Click HERE to view Administrative Order FLMB-2019-2.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available (Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2019)

Click HERE to view the July 2019 edition.


Memorial Tribute to the Honorable Paul M. Glenn, United States Bankruptcy Judge (November 24, 1993 - July 7, 2019) (Posted: Tuesday, July 9, 2019)

Judge Glenn The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is saddened to announce the Honorable Paul M. Glenn passed away on July 7, 2019. Judge Glenn was a true gentleman who was as wise as he was kind. He served the Middle District of Florida with honor and distinction and he will be greatly missed by his colleagues in this District and his extended court family in Tampa and Jacksonville. A memorial service for Judge Glenn will be held on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Southside United Methodist Church, 3120 Hendricks Avenue, Jacksonville, Florida 32207.

Judge Glenn was appointed to the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, in 1993. In June 2008, Judge Glenn transferred from the Tampa Division to the Jacksonville Division. From March 2003 to September 2011, Judge Glenn served as Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida. In 2013, he was appointed to the Committee on the Budget of the Judicial Conference of the United States and served until 2017.

Judge Glenn graduated from Duke University School of Law in 1970, where he was President of the Law School student body. He received his undergraduate degree cum laude from Florida State University, where he was selected to Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Gold Key. He attended F.S.U. on a basketball scholarship, and in his senior year was selected as Most Valuable Player on the Varsity Basketball team. He learned the principles of teamwork and problem-solving as a college athlete, and those principles helped shape his career.

Judge Glenn practiced corporate, commercial, banking, and insurance law in Jacksonville and Miami, Florida, during the 1970's. During the 1980's he served as the Chief Executive and Chief Administrative Officer of two insurance companies, and in 1984 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Florida Association of Domestic Insurance Companies. He practiced corporate and commercial law and litigation in the early 1990's and was appointed as a United States Bankruptcy Judge in 1993.

During his career as a Bankruptcy Judge, Judge Glenn was active in local, state, and national bar and professional activities.

With the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, he served as a Director of the Endowment for Education, a member of the Finance Committee, the Budget Policy Committee, the By-Laws Committee, the Outreach Committee, and the Next Generation Planning Committee, and as a Liaison to the Commercial Law League and the Federal Bar Association.

He was a featured speaker or panelist at continuing legal education sessions for the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the American College of Bankruptcy, the Commercial Law League of America, the Turnaround Managers Association, the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, The Florida Bar, the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and local bar associations. He was a guest lecturer at the University of Florida and Stetson University Colleges of Law, and at Florida Coastal School of Law. Also, he was a contributing editor for the Norton Handbook for Bankruptcy Trustees, Debtors in Possession, and Committees.

In March 2005, Judge Glenn was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy.

In May 2007, he was honored by the Hillsborough County Bar Association with the Robert W. Patton Outstanding Jurist Award.

He traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, on an international Judges visitation, and spoke to visiting Judges from Russia. He was a speaker at international seminars in Budapest, Hungary and in Toronto, Canada.

He served as President and a Director of the Ferguson-White American Inn of Court in Tampa, Florida. In 2010, Judge Glenn was elected to the National Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation. More recently, Judge Glenn served as President of the Chester Bedell American Inn of Court in Jacksonville, which was awarded Platinum status in the Achieving Excellence Program.

In 2014, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Bankruptcy Inn Alliance of the America Inns of Court at the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges.


Availability of a Bankruptcy Judge Position In The Middle District of Florida at Orlando (Posted: Tuesday, June 18, 2019)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Orlando.

Please note all applications must be submitted by potential nominees to the Circuit Executive's Office and must be received by August 1, 2019.

Click HERE to view the full notice.
Click HERE to access the application.


The Retirement of the Honorable Paul M. Glenn, United States Bankruptcy Judge (Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019)

Yesterday, June 12, 2019, Bankruptcy Judge Paul M. Glenn submitted a letter announcing his retirement effective upon the appointment of a successor.

Judge Glenn has been a beloved member of the Bankruptcy bench in the Middle District of Florida since his appointment in 1993 where he initially served in the Tampa division of the court. In June 2008, Judge Glenn transferred from the Tampa division to the Jacksonville division. From March 2003 to September 2011, Judge Glenn served as the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida.

During Judge Glenn's distinguished career with the court, he presided over a number of notable cases, which include the Celotex Corporation, the Amelia Island Plantation, and the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa. He also served on the Committee on the Budget of the Judicial Conference of the United States from 2013-2017.

Judge Glenn will be greatly missed by the court and by the legal communities in the Middle District of Florida. Bankruptcy Judge Cynthia Jackson plans to request a change in her duty station to relocate from the Orlando division to the Jacksonville division to fill the vacancy created by Judge Glenn's retirement. The Circuit Court of Appeals is expected to commence promptly a recruitment for a successor judge for the Orlando division.


Important Notice: Orlando Division Closure at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 (Posted: Wednesday, June 12, 2019)

In the interest of public safety due to area road congestion and accessibility issues, the Orlando Division of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will close no later than 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

During this closure all parties needing immediate court services should contact the Clerk's Office in either the Jacksonville (904-301-6490) or Tampa Division (813-301-5162).


Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification Program, FLMB-2019-1 (Posted: Monday, June 10, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida has established procedures for individual debtors to seek options for the repayment of student loans under the administrative oversight of the Bankruptcy Court. The new procedures utilize an online portal for secure communications between debtors and student loan lenders and will facilitate the parties in reaching mutually beneficial agreements for the payment of student loans. The Court's Administrative Order Prescribing Procedures for Student Loan Modification Program, FLMB-2019-1, becomes effective on August 1, 2019.

Click HERE to view Administrative Order FLMB-2019-1.


The Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District of Florida have approved new and amended Local Rules, effective July 1, 2019 (Posted: Friday, May 31, 2019)

Please click here to view a memorandum from Hon. Caryl E. Delano summarizing the changes.

Click HERE to access the new and amended Local Rules.


REMINDER - Survey About Procedure Manual (Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is evaluating The Source and Procedure Manual on the Court's website. We value your input and want to ensure we meet your needs. Please take a few minutes to give us your opinions and suggestions by completing a quick six question survey. The survey will close on May 30, 2019. The Court thanks you for your participation in this anonymous survey.

Here is a link to the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/T3MWK3K


Judge McEwen's Mentoring Program for New Bankruptcy Lawyers (Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019)

The next session of Judge McEwen's mentoring program for lawyers new to the practice of bankruptcy law is scheduled for Thursday, June 20, 2019, from Noon to 1:30 p.m. in the bankruptcy court's training room on the 5th floor, Sam M. Gibbons U.S. Courthouse in Tampa. Judge McEwen's special guests for this program are: J. Steven Wilkes, Trial Attorney, U.S. Trustee's Office; Nathan Wheatley, Trial Attorney, U.S. Trustee's Office; Jonathan A. Semach, Law Office of Buddy D. Ford, P.A.; and Steven W. Pralle, Bankruptcy Auditor, U.S. Trustee's Office.

Program Title: A REFRESHER ON TRICKS AND TRAPS OF MORs, QORs, AND HOW TO GET A FINAL DECREE

Click HERE to view the full announcement.


CM/ECF MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED: Saturday, May 18, 2019, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (Posted: Monday, May 13, 2019)

CM/ECF will undergo maintenance on Saturday, May 18, 2019, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may continue to access CM/ECF during this time, however, intermittent disruption may occur.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available (Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019)

Click HERE to view the April 2019 edition.


AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES AND COMMENT FORM (Posted: Friday, March 15, 2019)

The judges of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida are considering proposed amendments to the Local Rules. The proposals are posted below for public comment commencing on March 15, 2019. The public comment period ends on April 30, 2019. When promulgated by the judges, the amended and new Local Rules will become effective on July 1, 2019.

Attorneys and parties who appear before the Court are encouraged to review the proposed amendments. The Court appreciates all comments and will consider them prior to the promulgation of the amended rules.

Click here to review the proposed new and amended rules.

Click here to provide comments regarding the proposed amendments.


Automatic Adjustments of Certain Dollar Amounts in Bankruptcy Code and Official and Director's Bankruptcy Forms (Posted: Monday, March 11, 2019)

On April 1, 2019, 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 go into effect. The adjusted dollar amounts will apply to cases filed on or after April 1, 2019. The adjustments reflect the change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers published by the U.S. Department of Labor for the three-year period ending December 31, 2018, and are rounded to the nearest $25. The adjusted dollar amounts will affect:

  • the eligibility of a debtor to file under chapters 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code

  • the definition of a small business debtor;

  • 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 minimum aggregate value of claims needed to commence an involuntary bankruptcy case;

  • the minimum value for trustee avoidance actions; and

  • the value of "luxury goods and services" deemed to be nondischargeable where the trustee may commence certain proceedings to recover a money judgment or property.
Additionally, the following Official Bankruptcy Forms and Director's Forms contain references to several of the affected dollar amounts:
  • Official Form 106C, Schedule C: The Property You Claim as Exempt;

  • Official Form 107, Statement of Financial Affairs for Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy;

  • Official Form 122A-2, Chapter 7 Means Test Calculation;

  • Official Form 122C-2, Chapter 13 Calculation of Your Disposable Income;

  • Official Form 201, Voluntary Petition for Non-Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy;

  • Official Form 207, Statement of Financial Affairs for Non-Individuals Filing for Bankruptcy;

  • Official Form 410, Proof of Claim;

  • Director's Form 2000, Required Lists, Schedules, Statements, and Fees; and

  • Director's Form 2830, Chapter 13 Debtor's Certification Regarding Domestic Support Obligations and Section 522(q).
The revised forms will be effective on April 1, 2019, and will apply to cases filed on or after that date. The revised forms incorporating the dollar amount changes have been posted to Pending Changes in the Bankruptcy Forms page. Once effective, the revised forms will be available via the Official Forms link in the Court's Procedure Manual and Forms page or by clicking here.


Updated Middle District of Florida Model Chapter 13 Plan (Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2019)

The Middle District of Florida's Model Chapter 13 Plan has been revised, effective March 1, 2019. The revised Model Plan informs the debtor that the automatic stay does not apply to secured creditors if the debtor elects to surrender collateral to the secured creditor, to make payments directly to the secured creditor, or to not make payments to the secured creditor. The revised Model Plan informs the debtor that, under certain plan treatments, there is no discharge of personal liability for claims. See Sections C, 5(a), (b), (c), (h), (i) and (k) and Sections 6(a) and (b).

The revised Model Plan, both fillable and non-fillable, is available on The Source page of the Court website or by clicking HERE.


Programmer Analyst Position, Announcement No. 19-02 (Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2019)

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida is recruiting for a Programmer Analyst. The duty station will be Tampa, Florida. The vacancy announcement is open until filled with first consideration given to applicants who apply on or before February 15, 2019.

Click HERE for full vacancy announcement.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available (Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2019)

Click HERE to view the January 2019 edition.


Court Open and Will Continue Essential Operations During Partial Government Shutdown (Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019)

During the partial government shutdown, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida will remain open and continue all essential court operations. Unless you are otherwise notified, all scheduled matters will proceed as noticed. However, a hearing may be subject to a continuance if a governmental party is involved.

As a reminder, all schedules and deadlines will remain in effect except as addressed in the Court's Administrative Order Concerning Government Shutdown (FLMB 2018-4).



Public Notice - Reappointment of Federal Public Defender in the Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham
(Posted: Friday, January 11, 2019)

The current four-year term of Kevin L. Butler, Federal Public Defender for the Northern District of Alabama at Birmingham, expires on October 16, 2019. Although the incumbent Federal Public Defender, Kevin L. Butler, does seek reappointment, there is no presumptive right to reappointment. All applications should be submitted in confidence to the Circuit Executive and must be must be received by February 8, 2019. Please note email and fax copies of applications will not be accepted.

Click HERE to view the full notice.
Click HERE to access the application.



CM/ECF MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED: Saturday, January 19, 2019, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
(Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019)

CM/ECF will undergo maintenance on Saturday, January 19, 2019, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may continue to access CM/ECF during this time, however, intermittent disruption may occur.



Public Notice - Availability of Bankruptcy Judgeship Position in the Southern District of Florida at Fort Lauderdale
(Posted: Monday, January 7, 2019)

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit seeks applications from all highly qualified candidates for a fourteen-year appointment as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida at Fort Lauderdale. Please note all applications must be submitted by potential nominees to the Circuit Executive’s Office, and must be received by February 8, 2019.

Click HERE to view the full notice.
Click HERE to access the application.



Judiciary Open During Government Shutdown
(Posted: Wednesday, December 26, 2018)

Despite the government shutdown, the federal judiciary will remain open and can continue operations for approximately three weeks, through January 11, 2019. After that date, the court will be open to perform “mission critical work” with only essential staff working during the duration of the shutdown period.

All proceedings and deadlines will remain in effect as scheduled except as addressed in the Court's Administrative Order Concerning Government Shutdown (FLMB 2018-4).

Case Management/Electronic Case Files system (CM/ECF) will also remain in operation for the electronic filing of documents.



Update to eOrders Permits Upload of Competing Form of Order
(Posted: Wednesday, December 19, 2018)

The "eOrders" proposed order submission process in CM/ECF has been updated to permit the submission of a competing form of order. Proposed competing orders shall be uploaded as a PDF and as a Word version that is redlined to reflect the suggested revisions to the order.
Competing orders may be submitted using the "Order Upload" option in CM/ECF's Bankruptcy and Adversary Menus. The submitter then selects the "Single Order Upload" option, and checks the box on the submission screen indicating “Dispute as to Form.” The submitter will then be directed to upload the PDF and Word versions of the order. There is no limit to the number of parties who may upload a competing form of order.
An attorney or party who was directed by the Court to submit a proposed order but knows that the opposing party disputes the form of the order should also use this procedure and upload both PDF and Word (not redlined) versions of the proposed order.
The PDF and Word versions of the competing orders will be marked as "disputed form of order" and directed to the appropriate judge's chambers. Questions regarding this process may be submitted to the Court's Help desk at ecfhelp@flmb.uscourts.gov.


Court to remain open on December 5, 2018 (Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2018)
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Florida joins in mourning the loss of President George H. W. Bush but will be remain open on December 5, 2018.

Please note, the Offices of the U.S. Trustee will be closed on December 5 and 341 meetings of creditors scheduled for that day will be rescheduled.

Unless you are otherwise notified, the Bankruptcy Judges of the Middle District will conduct hearings as scheduled.


CM/ECF MAINTENANCE SCHEDULED: Saturday, December 15, 2018, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. (Posted: Friday, November 30, 2018)
CM/ECF will undergo maintenance on Saturday, December 15, 2018, between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. You may continue to access CM/ECF during this time, however, intermittent disruption may occur.


Reappointment of Judge Catherine Peek McEwen - Middle District of Florida (Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2018)
The current 14-year term of The Honorable Catherine Peek McEwen, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida at Tampa, is due to expire on 21 August 2019. The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit is considering whether to reappoint Bankruptcy Judge McEwen to a new 14-year term of office. Under reappointment, Bankruptcy Judge McEwen would continue to perform the statutory responsibilities of a bankruptcy judge.

Members of the bar and the public are invited to submit written comments for consideration by the Court of Appeals concerning the reappointment of Bankruptcy Judge McEwen to a new 14-year term of office in Tampa. Comments must be received no later than December 4, 2018.

Click HERE to view the Public Notice.


The Court's latest Court Connection Newsletter is currently available. (Posted: Thursday, October 25, 2018)
Click HERE to view the October 2018 edition.


Appointment Of Bankruptcy Administrator - Middle District of Alabama (Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018)
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit invites applications for the
position of Bankruptcy Administrator in the Middle District of Alabama, stationed at
Montgomery.

The bankruptcy administrator is responsible for supervising trustees and debtors in
possession and assuring that such persons effectively administer estates in cases in the district
under Section 1334 of Title 28 United States Code.


Public Notice for the Appointment of a Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Orlando Division (Posted: Wednesday, July 25, 2018)
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.

Click HERE to read full announcement.


Proposed Chapter 11 Confirmation Orders and Local Rule 3020-1 (Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018)
The Court would like to remind Chapter 11 practitioners of Local Rule 3020-1 which addresses Chapter 11 Confirmation. Specifically the Court draws your attention to paragraph (c)(1), which is as follows: (1) Contents.

The confirmation order shall include the following if applicable: a schedule summarizing the timing and amount of payments to be made to each class of creditors under the plan; notice of any scheduled post-confirmation status conference; and the form of Post-Confirmation Avoidance & Claim Litigation Report to be filed in connection with post-confirmation status conferences conducted in the case.

The form is available on the Court's website in the forms section of the Procedures Manual
Proposed Chapter 11 Confirmation Orders that do not comply with the requirements of the Court's Local Rule may be returned for non-compliance.


Negative Notice and Accompany Orders Lists Updates (Posted: Tuesday, June 26, 2018)
Please be aware of the following revisions to the Court's Negative Notice List and Accompanying Orders List. Negative Notice List updates include: 1. Existing Negative Notice List item Motion to Approve Compromise or Settlement is updated to add an exception to those filed in Chapter 13 Cases. Those filed in a Chapter 13 case related to a personal injury matter are no longer allowed to be filed with Negative Notice. 2. Added: Motion to Vacate Mortgage Modification Mediation Order. Accompanying Orders List update: Added: Motion for Refund of Fee Payment. To view the Court's revised lists, use the following links:

Negative Notice List
Accompanying Orders List


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